About

Martha with stethoscopeMartha Paynter is a registered nurse working in abortion and reproductive health care in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The founder and director of Wellness Within: An Organization for Health and Justice, and a doctoral candidate at the Dalhousie University School of Nursing, Martha has 20 years of experience working to advance health equity. Her practice, teaching and research focus on the intersection of reproductive health and the justice system. A frequent contributor to Briarpatch, CBC, the Coast, the Conversation, the Halifax Examiner, and Saltwire, Martha writes and speaks out about publicly-funded health care, prison abolition, and gender equity. She is the author of Abortion to Abolition: Reproductive Health and Justice in Canada, forthcoming in Spring 2022 by Fernwood Publishing.