Protest! Abortion Caravan to Ottawa

Protest! Abortion Caravan to Ottawa

Announcement Date: 1970

First national protest against the abortion laws calls for their repeal. In April – May 1970 the Vancouver Women’s Caucus organizes the Abortion Caravan, the first national feminist protest. Women travel over 3,000 miles from Vancouver to Ottawa, gathering numbers as they go. In Ottawa, the Abortion Caravan, now 500 women strong, holds two days of demonstrations. Thirty women chain themselves to the parliamentary gallery in the House of Commons, closing Parliament for the first time in Canadian history.