New Zealand – Terry Bellamak: Law commission has its work cut out on abortion

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Terry Bellamak: Law commission has its work cut out on abortion
6 Apr, 2018
NZ Herald
By: Terry Bellamak

In February the Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, asked the Law Commission to undertake a review of New Zealand's abortion laws in order to transform abortion from a criminal matter to a health matter. It's a big job. It amounts to nothing less than reconceptualising abortion in the eyes of the law.

It is also a huge opportunity to bring relief to pregnant people who will be consumers of this service in the future.

Continued: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12026649

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New Zealand: Abortion Rights Aotearoa releases diagram that shows complexity of accessing an abortion

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Abortion Rights Aotearoa releases diagram that shows complexity of accessing an abortion
22 Mar, 2018

A woman seeking an abortion in New Zealand has to jump through around a dozen hoops to get the procedure.

This is compared to some states in America where it is a one-step process.

The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand has published two diagrams of the processes side by side to show how difficult it is for Kiwi women.

Continued: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12018139

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An Irish abortion referendum raises questions on why NZ is still waiting

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An Irish abortion referendum raises questions on why NZ is still waiting

BRAD FLAHIVE
March 14 2018

As Ireland presses on with a referendum that could modernise abortion laws in a predominantly Catholic country, it raises questions about how progressive New Zealand is with feticide laws.

Last week, the Irish government agreed the wording of its referendum. Voters will be asked if they want to repeal article 40.3.3 – a law that gives unborn foetuses and pregnant women an equal right to life.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/102130614/an-irish-abortion-referendum-raises-questions-why-nz-is-still-waiting

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New Zealand – It’s okay to be uncomfortable about abortion

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It’s okay to be uncomfortable about abortion

Nicole Skews-Poole | Guest writer
Feb 24, 2018

With the announcement that Labour is moving towards abortion law reform, New Zealand is gearing up to talk about a topic that makes a lot of people uncomfortable. So how can we acknowledge and move past the discomfort towards a law that works?

In case you didn’t realise, abortion is still in the Crimes Act. Provision is available through technicalities and regulated by a set of outdated laws. Patients and healthcare providers are required to jump through hoops and sometimes even lie to obtain permission from two certifying consultants.

Continued: https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/24-02-2018/its-okay-to-be-uncomfortable-about-abortion/

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New Zealand – Labour moves to legalise abortion

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Labour moves to legalise abortion

FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Thomas Coughlan

Andrew Little today fired the starting gun on reforming New Zealand's decades-old abortion laws, confirming that he had sent a draft referral to the two other governing parties for their comment. Thomas Coughlan reports on what to expect from the law change.

Andrew Little surprised observers today when he revealed that a draft referral on reforming New Zealand's abortion law had been circulated to New Zealand First and the Greens. Little said today that he received a letter from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after the coalition was formed directing him to begin the process of reforming the law. Once the two parties give feedback, the referral will be sent to the Law Commission to make a recommendation.

Continued: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/02/15/89105/labour-moves-to-legalise-abortion

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New Zealand – Abortion watchdog wants changes to the law but says nobody is listening

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Abortion watchdog wants changes to the law but says nobody is listening

Jo Moir
Feb 15, 2018

The Abortion watchdog says it hasn't had a Justice Minister consult with it for years despite pleas for law changes.

It's been at least three years since the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) was spoken to - the last time was when former National MP Chester Borrows was associate justice minister in October 2014.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/101481019/abortion-watchdog-want-changes-to-the-law-but-say-nobody-is-listening

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New Zealand: ASA rules Facebook ad implying Ardern would end child poverty with abortion misleading

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ASA rules Facebook ad implying Ardern would end child poverty with abortion misleading
9 Nov, 2017
By: Tess Nichol
Reporter, NZ Herald

A complaint against a sponsored Facebook post making it appear Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she would end child poverty by having children aborted has been upheld.

It followed Ardern's pre-election promise that a Labour Government would take abortion out of the Crimes Act.

The Make New Zealand great Again Party posted a picture of Ardern on the social media website with the statement "My Labour Party will end child poverty through abortion. No children. No poverty".

Continued at source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11942332

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New Zealand: No abortion changes until ‘well into next year’

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No abortion changes until 'well into next year'

2 November 2017
Craig McCulloch, Political Reporter

Any overhaul of the country's abortion laws won't happen until well into next year - at the very earliest, the Labour Party says.

During a Newshub election debate, Jacinda Ardern promised to remove abortion from the Crimes Act if she became prime minister.

However, the policy does not appear in the Labour Party's 100-day plan.

Justice Minister Andrew Little said the government remained committed to modernising the law.

Continued at source: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/342899/no-abortion-changes-until-well-into-next-year

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New Zealand: Denied abortion: Woman discovers pregnancy at 4 months, 2 weeks

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Denied abortion: Woman discovers pregnancy at 4 months, 2 weeks
15 Oct, 2017
By: Sarah Harris
Reporter, NZ Herald

Erica never wanted children.

Certainly not aged 22, on minimum wage as a waitress, regularly binge-drinking alcohol, and without a partner.

But the Auckland woman discovered when she was 18 weeks along that she was pregnant.

She tried to get an abortion but says she was told it was too late.

Continued at source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11928010

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New Zealand: No choice: When a legal abortion is denied

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No choice: When a legal abortion is denied
Monday 18th September 2017

The decision to have a child can be life changing. But Kate* says she didn’t have a choice.

A woman who was denied a second trimester abortion through North Shore Hospital says the ordeal was so traumatising, she contemplated suicide.

Kate, a 28-year-old administrator, was 18-weeks and five days pregnant when she was referred by her GP to the Waitematā District Health Board for a second trimester abortion.

But the day after her referral, she says she was called by a social worker who told her doctors were not comfortable with performing a termination after 18 weeks.

Continued at source: http://thewireless.co.nz/articles/no-choice

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