NEW ZEALAND – Anti-abortion clause to remove abortion clinic safe zones from an otherwise progressive abortion bill passed when no one was paying attention

In February 2020, the Select Committee of the NZ Parliament received more than 25,000 submissions on the abortion law reform bill, which if passed will remove abortion from the Crimes Act. On 9 March 2020, in its second reading, in a confused vote in Parliament, MPs did away with part of the Abortion Legislation Bill that would have made legally protected ‘safe zones’ possible outside abortion clinics on a case-by-case basis. MP David Seymour’s amendment to … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – Abortion Law Reform Bill passes first reading by wide margin

The long awaited, draft abortion law reform bill passed its first reading, 94 to 23, in the Parliament on 8 August 2019. “The biggest change was taking it out of the criminal code, which is very positive,” reported Jackie Edmond, head of Family Planning NZ, since abortion services were still managed through the Ministry of Justice, even though it’s a health service. In the last 10 years, 2,566 women have been told that their request … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – “I’m glad you’re no longer a doctor”: a personal story

I’m 21, fresh out of journalism school, starting my first job – a junior reporter in a radio newsroom in a small New Zealand town, still wearing my university op-shop clothes… Since I’m new in this town I don’t even have a GP, so I make an appointment at the local medical centre. The pregnancy is confirmed. I’m too scared to ask any questions, so I leave the doctor’s office and make my way to … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – Hundreds march for decriminalisation of abortion

Hundreds marched in Auckland to Parliament on 5 December 2018 to demand the decriminalisation of abortion. Despite a blustering squall, the crowd of about 300 rallied below the statue of former Prime Minister Richard Seddon on Parliament’s forecourt. They chanted “feminists unite, abortion is a right” and “We will not lose, give us the right to choose”. Placards had slogans such as “The choice is mine, it’s not a crime” and “A fetus is a fetus but a … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – The Law Commission reports back to the government: ALRANZ’s analysis

During the national elections in NZ that elected Jacinda Ardern as Prime Minister last year, she declared her intention to decriminalise abortion and change the law to treat abortion as a health matter. In February 2018, her Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, directed the Law Commission to report back to him in eight months with options for abortion law reform. The Law Commission’s 236-page report, Alternative Approaches to Abortion Law has now been published. It … Continued

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