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A Feminist History Society Book 11
The Abortion Caravan
When Women Took to the Streets, Shut Down Government, and Battled for the Right to Choose
By (author): Karin Wells
9781772601251 Paperback, Trade, Adhesive bound English General Trade HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation Canada Apr 21, 2020
$24.95 CAD
Forthcoming 6 x 9 x 0.98 in 392 pages Second Story Press
How a group of women helped bring about abortion reform.

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.

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.

May 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Caravan.
The abortion debate is still active. Events in US politics have brought it to the fore-front again.

CBC will be re-airing author Karin Wells' radio documentary, The Abortion Caravan, which preceded this book.

Events in the main Canadian cities involved: Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa.

Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media. 

Link to radio documentary about The Abortion Caravan:

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