The Abortion Caravan: When Women Shut Down Government in the Battled for the Right to Choose

Karin Wells (Author)


In January of 1970 a 'Dear sisters' letter goes to women's liberation groups across the country enlisting support in the fight for greater access to abortion. In the spring of 1970, seventeen (mostly) young women set out from Vancouver in a big yellow convertible, a Volkswagen bus, and a pickup truck. It was called the Abortion Caravan. Five thousand kilometres later, they led a rally of 500 women on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, "occupied" the Prime Minister's front lawn, chained themselves to their chairs in the visitors' galleries and shut down parliament--the first and only time this was accomplished. The seventeen were a motley crew. They argued, they were loud, and they took no prisoners. In an era when there was no social media and no one could afford long-distance phone calls, they pulled off a national campaign. It changed their lives. And at a time when thousands of women in Canada were dying from back-street abortions, it pulled women together across the country.

Product Details

$24.95  $22.95
Second Story Press
Publish Date
April 21, 2020
6.0 X 1.0 X 8.9 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Karin Wells is best known as a CBC radio documentary maker and is a three-time recipient of the Canadian Association of Journalists documentary award. Her work has been heard on radio networks around the world and has been recognized by the United Nations. She is also a lawyer and in 2011 was inducted into the University of Ottawa's Common Law Honour Society. She lives in Southern Ontario.