50 years ago, the Abortion Caravan forced Canada to pay attention
May 10, 2020 11:02 AM   Subscribe

In Canada, Mother’s Day weekend of 1970 was the site of a historic reproductive rights protest: the members of the Abortion Caravan would eventually shut down Parliament—the only group to ever do so. Fifty years ago this weekend, hundreds of women from across Canada arrived in Ottawa to protest an abortion law passed by Pierre Elliott Trudeau's government in 1969. They arrived in a convoy led by a Volkswagen van with a black coffin strapped to the roof. They argued that the existing law was too restrictive, forcing women to seek unregulated abortions by unqualified practioners that resulted in hundreds of deaths each year. After government representatives refused to meet with them, dozens of protesters chained themselves to chairs in the visitors' galleries of the House of Commons.

Ms. Magazine article and excerpt from Karin Wells’ new book: The Abortion Caravan: When Women Shut Down Government in the Battle for the Right to Choose.

Karin Wells’ 2010 CBC Radio documentary on the Caravan: The Women Are Coming.

Frances Wasserlein’s 1990 thesis on the Abortion Caravan, “An Arrow Through the Heart”: The Vancouver Women’s Caucus and The Abortion Campaign 1969-1971.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl (2 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
 
Thank you for posting this. I'm going to spend some time digging into it.
posted by WalkerWestridge at 1:20 PM on May 10 [1 favorite]


I never knew about this and that book is added to my be read list. I really appreciate you sharing this and giving me a chance to learn about Canadian history and movements that never reached me. Despite being born only 5 years after.
posted by kanata at 7:02 AM on May 11 [2 favorites]


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