Canadian Abortion Rights Action League (CARAL) / L’Association canadienne pour le droits à l’avortement (ACDA)

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The Canadian Association for the Repeal of the Abortion Laws (CARAL) was founded in November 1974 by pro-choice activists. Founding members included Norma Scarborough, June Callword, Kay Macpherson, Lorna Grant, Eleanor Wright Pelrine, Esther Greenglass,  and Henry Morgentaler. CARAL changed its name to the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League in 1980.

CARAL played a leading role in the fight for women’s right to a safe, legal abortion and better access to birth control and developed widespread support for challenging the  1969 abortion law which only allowed legal abortions with the approval of a hospital Therapeutic Abortion Committee.  Actions included demonstrations,  public meetings, lobbying the government, and letter-writing campaigns. CARAL also backed Dr. Henry Morgentaler’s  legal challenges to the abortion law.

CARAL stopped operating  in 2004. Childbirth by Choice was created as a separate arm to deal with education and research.

Canadian Abortion Rights Action League (CARAL) / L’Association canadienne pour le droits à l’avortement (ACDA) Documents

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CARAL – Abortion in Law and History Pamphlet -- National (all of Canada)
CARAL – Founding Meeting Press Release 1974 National (all of Canada)
CARAL – Freedom of Choice Action Week Flyers 1981 National (all of Canada)
CARAL – Freedom of Choice Pamphlet -- National (all of Canada)
CARAL – Fundraising Letter to Supporters 1987 National (all of Canada)
CARAL – Parliamentary Brief on the Constitution 1980 National (all of Canada)