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The Abortion Caravan
When Women Shut Down Government in the Battle 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
Active 6 x 9 x 0.98 in | 480 gr 392 pages Second Story Press
In the spring of 1970, seventeen women set out from Vancouver in a big yellow convertible, a Volkswagen bus, and a pickup truck. They called it the Abortion Caravan. Three thousand miles later, they “occupied” the prime minister’s front lawn in Ottawa, led a rally of 500 women on Parliament Hill, chained themselves to their chairs in the visitors’ galleries, and shut down the House of Commons, the first and only time this had ever happened. The seventeen were a motley crew. They argued, they were loud, and they wouldn't take no for an answer. They pulled off a national campaign in an era when there was no social media, and with a budget that didn't stretch to long-distance phone calls. 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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"One irresistible story from the journey towards women owning their own bodies." - Gloria Steinem

"This lively, engaging tale of the women's uprising—chaotic, spontaneous, ingenious, heartfelt, funny, dramatic, and world-changing—will remind you of all that is possible." - Michele Landsberg

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