New Zealand: AUSA to vote on disaffiliating anti-abortion group

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AUSA to vote on disaffiliating anti-abortion group

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A member of Auckland University Students’ Association has put up a question as to whether anti-abortion and anti-euthanasia group ProLife Auckland should be disaffiliated from AUSA. The question also asks whether all groups with similiar ideology should be disallowed from seeking affiliation. A discussion is being held on the issue tomorrow, and a referendum is planned to take place next week. ProLife Auckland say the question is biased and next week's planned vote represents a threat to free speech.

We spoke to both AUSA President, Will Matthews, and the Co-president of ProLife Auckland, Jelena Middleton, about the situation.

Continued at source: 95bFM: http://www.95bfm.com/bcast/ausa-to-vote-on-disaffiliating-anti-abortion-group

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New Zealand: Abortion services are failing vulnerable Kiwi women

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Abortion services are failing vulnerable Kiwi women

NAME WITHHELD
July 24 2017

Firstly let me say I’m not 17, I wasn’t drunk or high or promiscuous. I don’t have any STIs, I’m in a loving relationship and I desperately want a baby.

However, eight days ago I was one of 11,000 Kiwis this year who will have an abortion.

I know some people reading this will be appalled knowing what I chose to do. That for some people abortion is simply not an acceptable choice. I accept your viewpoint, I was brought up to share it and I apologise that my choice has hurt someone who could have gone on to be a wonderful human being. Or a horrible one, it’s hard to know. But the fact of the matter is, many of you will be of the opinion that I shouldn’t have had the chance to make that choice.

Continued at source: Stuff.co: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/95040103/abortion-services-are-failing-vulnerable-kiwi-women

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New Zealand: Antiquated abortion law a $20 million ‘box ticking exercise’

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Antiquated abortion law a $20 million ‘box ticking exercise’
Monday 10th July 2017
The decriminalisation of abortion in New Zealand will save the taxpayer millions, a leading doctor says.

The Government has forked out more than $20 million since 2012 paying specialist doctors to sign off on abortions.

But one specialist has called the process “cruel”, and says a 40-year-old law necessitating the exercise needs to change.

Under the Crimes Act, it is illegal for a woman to have an abortion in New Zealand unless it has been approved by two highly-paid specialist doctors, called certifying consultants.

Continued at source: The Wireless: http://thewireless.co.nz/articles/antiquated-abortion-law-a-20-million-box-ticking-exercise

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New Zealand: Certifying consultant comes out in support of abortion rights

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Certifying consultant comes out in support of abortion rights
Tuesday, 4 July, 2017

A certifying consultant, Dr Helen Paterson, has told the Abortion Supervisory Committee she now supports abortion rights, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand says.

Dr Paterson’s disclosure challenges s 30(5) of the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977, which directs the Abortion Supervisory Committee not to appoint certifying consultants who believe abortion should be a matter between a patient and their doctor.

ALRANZ National President Terry Bellamak says Dr Paterson is now a member of ALRANZ.

Continued at source: Voxy: http://www.voxy.co.nz/health/5/287045

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New Zealand: Contraceptives, education hailed as heroes as abortion rates lowest in 25 years

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Contraceptives, education hailed as heroes as abortion rates lowest in 25 years

RACHEL THOMAS
June 20 2017

Women in their teens are having fewer abortions than women in their early thirties.

Teenagers are having fewer abortions than women in their 20s and 30s, with better access to contraceptives tipped as one of the reasons why.

The number of abortions performed in New Zealand in 2016 was the lowest in more than 25 years, according to Statistics New Zealand.

The abortion rate for women aged 20-24 years fell from a peak of 41 per 1000 women in 2003 to 21 per 1000 in 2016.

Continued at source: Stuff.co: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/93863272/contraceptives-education-hailed-as-heroes-as-abortion-rates-lowest-in-25-years

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New Zealand: Fresh calls to decriminalise abortion

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Fresh calls to decriminalise abortion
June 19, 2017

Nelson Marlborough DHB and surgeon have been blamed for a string of errors that led to a patient's death.© Getty Nelson Marlborough DHB and surgeon have been blamed for a string of errors that led to a patient's death. Despite New Zealand's abortion rate falling to its lowest in 25 years, there is still a need to reform laws that make abortion a crime, a lobby group says.

The country's abortion rate fell to 12,823 last year, down from 13,155 in 2015, Statistics NZ revealed on Monday.

Continued at source: MSN: https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/fresh-calls-to-decriminalise-abortion/ar-BBCTVHx

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New Zealand: Abortion rate drops to lowest in 25 years

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Abortion rate drops to lowest in 25 years
19 Jun, 2017

Abortions have dropped to the lowest rate in over 25 years.

The general abortion rate - abortions per 1000 women aged 15-44 - was 13.5 per 1000 women in 2016, down from 14.2 in 2015.

Statistics NZ reported that the abortion rates for younger women have fallen significantly in recent years whereas the rate has stayed the same for older women.

Continued at source: New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11879064

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New Zealand: Is it time for abortion law reform?

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Is it time for abortion law reform?

April 4, 2017

Falling pregnant is a life-changing experience. It was for A*, but not in the usual way.

"I was in a long-term relationship, it wasn't very healthy towards the end. I was using contraception for years and then all of a sudden something happened - I must have made a mistake with it and I was pregnant."

She didn't have the financial means or the support to raise a child.

"It was very sad, and I spent weeks agonising over what I should do and running over all the options in my mind, and it was a very upsetting time.

Continued at source: News Hub: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/shows/2017/04/is-it-time-for-abortion-law-reform.html

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New Zealand: Abortion laws overdue for review

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Barry Soper: Abortion laws overdue for review
Monday Mar 20, 2017

It's a committee set up by the Government to administer an Act which it says is a geriatric ass.

The Abortion Supervisory Committee says our abortion laws were written 40 years ago and they're long overdue for review.

The very sound of the word abortion though sends our ultra conservative Prime Minister Bill English into apoplectic shock. The committee's not calling for an overhaul of the law, its simply saying the Contraception. Sterilization and Abortion Act 1977 as it stands doesn't work properly.

Continued at source: New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11821281

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New Zealand: Abortion law not just archaic but hypocritical

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Dave Armstrong: Abortion law not just archaic but hypocritical
March 20, 2017

OPINION: A man, let's call him Bill, had a wife and gorgeous children whom he loved dearly. But he decided he didn't want any more children, and nor did his wife. They discussed various forms of contraception and agreed that the best thing was for Bill to have a vasectomy.

However, when Bill arrived at the clinic there was a line of older people, many wearing head scarves, praying for him. Their banners reminded Bill of all the potential lives he was stopping by having a vasectomy. The protesters didn't say anything, but he resented the passive-aggressive tone of their protest.

"I want to have a vasectomy,'' said Bill to the receptionist, so he was ushered into a room to see a counsellor.

"Under the Crimes Act it's illegal to receive a vasectomy on demand," said the counsellor. ''Have you considered the alternatives?"

Continued at link: Stuff.co: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/90556062/dave-armstrong-abortion-law-not-just-archaic-but-hypocritical

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