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Vancouver Women's Caucus fights for reproductive rights (Abortion Caravan), Canada, 1970

Time period
14 February, 1970 to June, 1970
Human Rights
Total points
3 out of 10 points
Name of researcher, and date dd/mm/yyyy
Elizabeth J. Morrison, 06/03/2013

Reforms to the Canadian Criminal Code legalized abortion in 1969. Under the direction of Pierre Trudeau’s government, a constitutional amendment was made to Section 251 of the Code. The alteration limited legal abortions to be performed only when the mother’s health was at risk. In addition, abortions could only be performed in credible hospitals with licensed physicians and needed to be approved by a panel of doctors called Therapeutic Abortion Committees, which often consisted of all males.