In May, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) held its 43nd Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Annual Meeting came during a time of struggle for abortion providers, researchers, and advocates. The unending stream of legislation eroding access to abortion threatens us all. Even with the tenuous protection of Roe v. Wade, abortion access in many states is losing ground. Only quick legal action keeps the worst laws from closing what few clinics remain in hostile states. Thankfully, vigorous responses to protect women’s health are happening. In Illinois, Governor Pritzker signed an executive order to include abortion in state insurance plans. In Oregon, a ballot measure to restrict public funding for abortion was soundly defeated. The Reproductive Health Act was signed in New York. NAF’s Annual Meeting was a time to strategize for the future and strengthen community bonds to ensure that we can continue to provide abortion for years to come.
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