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Karin Wells is a CBC Radio documentary maker and 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. Wells is also a lawyer and in 2011 was inducted into the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Honour Society. The Abortion Caravan is her first book. Wells lives in Southern Ontario.

Award History

2021 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for The Abortion Caravan: When Women Shut Down Government in the Battle for the Right to Choose

Jury Citation

“The Abortion Caravan is a vibrant tale of a seminal but forgotten time in Canadian feminist history, when a handful of activist women and working moms from across the country were driven to 24 Sussex Drive by their own aspiration and conviction to fight for safer access to abortion. Karin Wells uses deep, original research and energetic writing to expose the ideological and practical ups and downs of the early struggle for reproductive rights in this country. Her book is a poignant revelation of the many small conflicts and victories that led to a pushing of the barriers.”

— 2021 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Peter Dauvergne, Adrian Harewood, and Heather Scoffield)