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
In 2015, 57% of women having an abortion in New Zealand had already had one or more previous live births. Abortion access is therefore absolutely an issue for mothers.
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
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
The New Zealand Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC), which is appointed by and reports to the NZ government, made its annual presentation to Parliament’s justice and electoral committee on 16 March 2017. Dame Linda Holloway, ASC chairwoman, told the committee that the outdated wording of the law was causing “enormous administrative problems” for the ASC and health practitioners. “The law was not written in inclusive language. In fact, some parts of the language are actually quite … Continued