The fifth in a series of occasional Prochoice Highway updates
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Above, from left, Margaret Sparrow, Alison McCulloch and Deborah Russell. (The image on screen is from a series of historical -- mostly -- images that you can watch here on YouTube.)

Palmerston North Library Book Event

About 40 people turned up to the PN public library on 18 Oct. to hear Dame Margaret Sparrow and Alison McCulloch talk about their books and the issues. Deborah Russell was the MC, and the event was supported by Bruce McKenzie Booksellers, VUP, and our grateful thanks to the library for providing such a fantastic venue and support. The next morning, Deb, Demelza and Alison did some campaigning outside one of Palmy’s Saturday markets. 
Alison and Elspeth at the Masterton boot sale. The Highway had to show up at 6:15 a.m. to get a spot, and we were on the scene till noon. 
Choice Essays
The U.S.-based Catholics for Choice is running a project in which people from around the world (not just Catholics!) explain why they are prochoice. So far, NZ has two essays posted, by Dame Margaret Sparrow and Alison McCulloch. How about submitting one? You can read them here
Margaret Sparrow, keeper of the best collection of everything to do with reproductive rights, has provided the Highway with some more historic material, free to all. The “Love Is...” poster is copyrighted 1973, so it’s been around a while. And, well, the Repeal! badge is still relevant, after all these years. If you want copies of these or of our other stuff, visit this page.
From left, at the "interesting" Carterton meeting, (part of) Alison McCulloch, Elspeth Preddey, Margaret Sparrow.

Lots of goings on in the Manawatu/Wairarapa, starting with an effort to campaign in gale force winds in Dannevirke (a worried bank worker came out to suggest it was too dangerous!); a photo op with the White Kiwi of Eketahuna; some street campaigning in Masterton; and 6 hours at the Saturday a.m. Masterton boot sale (see pic above left). The well-advertised Carterton public meeting (22 Oct) was packed out. But, uh-oh, around half the audience comprised anti-abortion advocates who treated Alison, Elspeth and Dame Margaret to a fair bit of speechifying. Still, they had to listen to us first, and they did so very respectfully. 
The Highway is in Wellington from now until Nov. 4 when we head to the South Island/Te Waipounamu. There’s a lot going on chez Capital, including some Choice Work this Sunday, a prochoice picnic on Labour Day (please come!); the Family Planning conference from Thursday 31 Oct. to Saturday 2 Nov.; and a Highway Pit Stop at the Southern Cross. If you have trouble opening some of links (to Facebook events), please check out the events page!  We are also planning some fun street campaigning on Tuesday 29th. Email us for details.
The Highway moved on to Martinborough and spent the morning of the 23rd campaigning in a wee alcove outside Kitcheners (best coffee in the Wairarapa!) with the absolutely amazing Amy above, right. (Is there anyone in town she doesn’t know?) Fantastic response, until the council very politely kicked us out. (Yeah, someone complained!)
North & South

The article in North & South we linked to in the last update drew a few letters to the ed, from both sides. The prochoice camp was represented by Alison McCulloch, Annabel Henderson Morrell and Helen Wilson; while Ken Orr and Bernard Moran, well, you know. This will link you to a pdf of the letters; sorry about the quality but being on the road, this had to be done with a phone not a scanner. 
The Tally
The Highway has had events or done some street campaigning at 16 stops so far: Warkworth, Whangarei, Kerikeri, Kawakawa, Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Whakatane, Gisborne, Napier, Hastings, Dannevirke (OK, not for long. Wind!), Palmerston North, Masterton, Carterton, Martinborough. W00t!
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