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

NEW ZEALAND – ALRANZ complaint to the Human Rights Commission: current abortion laws are discriminatory

Six women who have sought abortion care and the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) have taken a complaint to the Human Rights Commission alleging abortion laws discriminate against women and those who are pregnant on the basis of sex. The complaint alleges that people who seek abortion care receive different and demonstrably worse treatment than other people seeking health care, according to ALRANZ president Terry Bellamak, and because no one else needs the … Continued

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