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

NEWS SHORTS – NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, CANADA

  NEW ZEALAND – “New Zealand politicians should be embarrassed” With Ireland voting to lift its ban on abortion, reports Stuff Nation, New Zealand’s abortion laws have also been in the spotlight… An abortion law advocate said New Zealand politicians should be “embarrassed” by how slowly they’ve acted on the issue compared to Ireland.   SOURCE: Stuff Nation, 28 May 2018   *** NSW, AUSTRALIA – Bill to establish exclusion zones around clinics likely to pass This … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – Labour starts process of reforming the abortion law, as new Prime Minister had promised

On 16 February 2018, Andrew Little, senior Labour Party MP, made public the governing party’s decision to launch reform of New Zealand’s abortion law and invited the two other governing parties, New Zealand First and the Greens, to comment. He said he had received a letter from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after the tripartite coalition was formed, directing him to begin the process. Once the two other parties give feedback, the Law Commission will be … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – ALRANZ: Report of 2017

  The Abortion Law Reform Association of NZ had a busy year. They launched a new website, which includes information about doctors who refuse to provide reproductive health services; released the results of a poll commissioned in January that revealed the majority of New Zealanders are pro-choice in all circumstances; organised counter-demonstrations against anti-abortion types who were harassing women outside abortion clinics; appeared on a TV talk show with the then Prime Minister who was … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – Anti-abortion misquote of Prime Minister backfires

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made a pre-election promise during the recent election in New Zealand that a Labour Government would take abortion out of the Crimes Act. Since she formed a coalition government and became Prime Minister, some members of the anti-abortion movement have been trying to discredit her. One tactic backfired. A group calling themselves the Make New Zealand Great Again Party posted a picture of the Prime Minister on a sponsored … Continued

New Zealand: The people of NZ have waited 40 years…

  ALRANZ are sponsoring Dame Margaret Sparrow’s book launch on 28 September for her book: Risking Their Lives. ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa calls upon the New Zealand government to heed the will of the people of New Zealand and decriminalise abortion. Abortion is available in New Zealand only if two certifying consultants agree a pregnant person’s situation falls under the grounds set out in the Crimes Act. Getting those two life-changing approvals requires pregnant people … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – Anti-abortion club voted out of Auckland University Students Association

  Auckland University students have voted to abolish an anti-abortion club from their Students Association.   About 2,700 students participated in a week-long online referendum, which asked whether the Auckland University Students Association (AUSA) should disaffiliate the ProLife Club. About 1,600 students voted in favour of the motion. The head of AUSA said that their free speech was not affected, only their membership of the Association.   Results of referenda which did not directly affect the … Continued

Stories of women who’ve had an abortion in New Zealand

  Parliament carried its annual review of the Abortion Supervisory Committee in March. The Prime Minister had already said he didn’t want to change the abortion law. The NZ Herald put out a call for any women who’d had an abortion to share their experience, and whether they wanted to see change. “A” was in a loving long-term relationship when she got pregnant at 18. They were using condoms, but it wasn’t enough. When she … Continued

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