The final in the series of Prochoice Highway updates.
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The Prochoice Highway has come to the end of the road. It began on 15 September and a quick look at the odometer shows it travelled 6,600 kilometres, in two-and-a-half-months. But actually, events began well before September, with the release of “Fighting to Choose” in May. If you click here  for the list of events, you can get an idea of just how much has been done – which doesn’t include any of the street campaigning we did in every town we stopped in, and then some. If you want to read back over the previous seven updates, click here for a list.
Thank You
It’s been quite a ride. Thanks to everyone for so much support along the way, but particularly to Zenaida for all the design, to those who rode along, to ALRANZ, and to Neda and WONAAC for the funding.
Dunedin Panel Event
Stevie Jepson, above left, and the Dunedin Reproductive Justice crew organised one of the best formal events of the Highway, held on Tuesday 26 November at Otago University. The event, titled "Reproductive Issues in New Zealand," included a panel of speakers: from left at the table: Rachael Goldsmith, a community activist and Green politician; Dr. Ruth Fitzgerald, a medical anthropologist; Alison McCulloch of the Prochoice Highway; and Colin Gavaghan, an associate professor and expert in medical law and ethics. It was one of those rare reproductive issues events at which there was actually open and interesting discussion. Wow! 
The final leg of the Prochoice Highway began with some street campaigning in Queenstown, which turned out to be the same day as the White Ribbon riders were in town, so we planted the flag and the mini-stall on the lawn to watch the action. The next stop was Gore, were the town wasn’t wildly full, but the reception was enthusiastic. Couldn’t resist a photo op at the electorate office of Deputy PM Bill English, where we stopped to say Hi.
The weather was a bit raw in Invercargill, but the local activists came out to campaign in Wachner Place, from left, Rachael Goldsmith, Michael Bailey, Kerri Perwick and non-local Alison McCulloch. We got some coverage on the local TV news show, South Today News. Click here for the YouTube link: the Prochoice Highway clip begins at about 3 mins 38 seconds.
Kerri Perwick, one of the prochoice stalwarts from Invercargill, joined the Higway for the final leg to Christchurch, via stops for campaigning in Oamaru and Timaru. The weather was a little unkind, but the campaigning went well. We were interviewed by the Oamaru Mail (didn’t get to see a copy of the paper though), and in Timaru made sure to stop in at the electorate office of Jo Goodhew, who’s also the Minister of Women’s Affairs.

Two Final Pleas

1. If you’re not already a member, please join ALRANZ to help us continue the fight for reproductive justice for all. Click here for details. You can also follow the issues on ALRANZ's Facebook page.

2. Please consider buying one of the delightful (and informative!) 2014 Body Politics historical calendars (which also contain useful legal info) made by Zenaida and Alison, and supported by ALRANZ. Only $15 and great Xmas presents. Click here for more info, including how to order.

Ngā mihi nui. This is the last Prochoice Highway email update. 
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