I just found out a piece I wrote on abortion care was published in Ms. magazine today. Since moving to Maine from Louisiana, where I was active in reproductive justice work, I was reminded of the disparities faced by members of the LGBTQ community in states where marriage was legal, or anti-discrimination protections were in place, and those where the community had no access to those rights. Similar restrictions deny people access to abortion care today based on zip code, stripping people of their rights to decide when and how to create family once again. If you want to know more about the March Supreme Court case that could be the final blow for Roe, and also involves the Pelican State, please check out the article: What Moving from Louisiana to Maine has Taught Me About Disparities in Abortion Access.
Vanessa Shields-Haas is a forensic nurse, nurse practitioner student, and activist for harm reduction, comprehensive sexual education, LGBTQ rights, and reproductive freedom.
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