The Omnibus Bill
In Bowmanville, Ontario, 1969 Maria needs an abortion. An underground network of feminists, midwives and doctors who want to help her, come up against the changing laws and politics of Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s first legislative mandate.
The Omnibus Bill is about Pierre Trudeau’s 1969 Justice Omnibus Bill (“…the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation”) and the negative impact it had on abortion access in Canada. The play begins in Parliament and shuttles back and forth in time looking at the people most deeply affected. From a pregnant immigrant, to a “self-health movement” activist, to a sex worker trying to start a new life, The Omnibus Bill tells an intersectional history about reproductive rights that Canada has forgotten. This play unfortunately becomes more relevant with every passing news cycle as we endure a resurgent political attack on reproductive rights.
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