Can Ardern Successfully Decriminalize Abortion in New Zealand?
The Editors, World Politics Review
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
New Zealand’s Parliament voted overwhelmingly last month to advance a bill that would decriminalize abortion and loosen restrictions on the procedure. Under current law, women can only obtain an abortion in New Zealand if they receive approval from two doctors, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised to change that while campaigning in 2017. The bill must pass two more rounds of voting before it can become law.
According to Yanshu Huang, a research fellow at the University of Auckland’s Public Policy Institute, Ardern’s push for reform also reflects a broader change in public opinion among New Zealanders, toward more pro-choice views. In an email interview with WPR, she discusses the roots of abortion’s anachronistic classification as a crime in New Zealand and the reasons it took so long for abortion law reform to gain traction.
A step by step guide to getting an abortion in New Zealand
On The Rag host Leonie Hayden got (fake) pregnant and decided to get a (fake) abortion. This is her story.
Leonie Hayden | Ātea Editor
September 2, 2019
Every year in New Zealand about 13,000 people have abortions. And every year in New Zealand about 200 people are denied abortions.
Under our current abortion laws we have an illusion of choice. Abortion care has the outward appearance of ease of access, yet remains enshrined in the Crimes Act. As someone who has never had an abortion, I realised I don’t know much about the proces – from what’s discussed in the initial consultation, to the procedure itself. So I went and got one… By which I mean, I pretended to get one so I could go through the steps and hopefully help demystify the process for someone else wanting to make an informed choice.
2019 Women of Influence Awards finalists announced
Sep 01 2019
82 finalists have been announced for the 2019 Women of Influence Awards.
2019 was a big year for Terry Bellamak, National President ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa. The crowning achievement of which, was of course, playing a pivotal role in driving Abortion Law Reform Bill discussions.
Bellamak has been nominated for the Community Hero category. "It's an honour," to be a finalist she said. "ALRANZ is fundamentally a community group."
New Zealand is finally trying to decriminalize abortion. Why has it taken so long?
By Julia Hollingsworth, CNN
Sun August 18, 2019
(CNN) Veronica was 21 years old and scared. It all started with a break-up. Her long-term boyfriend left her for her friend. Heartbroken, she ended up having a one-night stand with an older guy.
After the condom broke, he gave her $20 ($13) for the morning after pill, which doesn't require a prescription in New Zealand. She took it but a month later, in the final semester of her teaching degree, she found out she was pregnant.
NEW ZEALAND – Abortion Law Reform Bill passes first reading by wide margin
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 16, 2019
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 for an abortion was unjustified, according to a report from Stuff Circuit, an investigative reporting group, with data from the NZ Abortion Supervisory Committee.
ALRANZ reports that much of the new bill is great, but not everything. Here are the things Terry Bellamak says the government definitely got right:
Former Miss Samoa condemns abortion bill
By Joyetter Feagaimaali'i
Former Miss Samoa and Miss Pacific Islands Latafale Auva’a has condemned the New Zealand government following the passage of an abortion bill through New Zealand's parliament.
Members of Parliament in New Zealand voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Abortion Legislation Bill. Following an emotion charged debate the bill passed 94-23.
Abortion advocates hopeful bill will pass
Jodie Stephens and Dominica Sanda
9 Aug 2019
Pro-choice advocates are optimistic a bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW will soon become law after it cleared a significant hurdle by passing through the state's lower house.
Members of the Legislative Assembly erupted into cheers on Thursday night when they voted in favour of the amended bill to take abortion out of the criminal code following three days of passionate debate.
‘The time is right’: New Zealand’s parliament advances bill that would decriminalize abortion
By Siobhán O'Grady
August 8, 2019
Lawmakers in New Zealand voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favor of advancing an abortion bill that would dramatically loosen restrictions surrounding the procedure, in one of the most significant steps New Zealand’s leaders have taken toward revising the country’s abortion policies since the late 1970s.
Thursday’s vote was expected to be close, but it advanced easily to the next stage, with 94 voting in favor and 23 against. After further discussion, it will take two more rounds of voting for it to become law.
New Zealand Takes On a Long-Avoided Issue: Decriminalizing Abortion
By Charlotte Graham-McLay
Aug. 5, 2019
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s government said on Monday that it would try to pass a law decriminalizing abortion, taking on an issue that the nation’s lawmakers have long avoided even as the country built a socially liberal reputation on the world stage.
Under current law, women seeking an abortion must claim that the pregnancy would harm their physical or mental health, and have the procedure approved by two doctors.
Andrew Little's abortion reforms could ban protests outside clinics
Aug 05 2019
Protesting outside clinics that offer abortions could be banned under proposals outlined by the Government on Monday.
Justice Minister Andrew Little said the changes would allow "safe areas" to be created outside abortion clinics that would essentially prevent anti-abortion activists from protesting within 150m of the site.