Canada is still falling short on abortion rights

Protesters demand abortions rights in the 1980s

By Sandeep Prasad and Jill Doctoroff, published in the Star

Fifty years ago the Abortion Caravan came to Ottawa as part of the decades-long sexual rights movement that changed the country – and eventually led to the decriminalization of abortion.

Today, as standard-bearers for that same movement, we’re marking the important anniversary of this historic event – and reflecting on how far we have to go, at a time when disparities in health care access across the country are becoming clearer in the face of a global health crisis.

In the spring of 1970, a group of feminists left Vancouver to travel across the country to Ottawa with one goal: safe abortion care for everyone. On the way, the caravan stopped in towns, held meetings, and gathered more followers.

Posted on 2020-05-13
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