New Zealand – The abortion debate: Her uterus, her decision – just give her compassion and respect

The abortion debate: Her uterus, her decision - just give her compassion and respect

Lynley Tulloch
Jun 03 2019

OPINION: In New Zealand there has been a recent upsurge in the abortion debate with a call to decriminalise abortions.

It is a crime to have an abortion in New Zealand unless you have certification from two consultants who agree that the mental or physical health of the mother is in danger, or that the baby would have a serious disability. How draconian is that?

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/113199326/the-abortion-debate-her-uterus-her-decision--just-give-her-compassion-and-respect

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Denying the right to an abortion is a form of tyranny

Denying the right to an abortion is a form of tyranny

Terry Bellamak
May 30 2019

OPINION: Alfred Ngaro speaks of poking bears. But bears come in all shapes, sizes, and political persuasions. And Ngaro has also poked a bear.

Last week, the National list MP claimed New Zealanders who have received abortion care couldn't possibly feel criminalised by accessing medical care that is criminalised. This ridiculous claim has inspired many women to speak out in a string of excellent articles: Paula Penfold, Liz Beddoe, Emma Espiner, Sophie Bateman, and Michelle Hickman. Many voices have risen up in defence of the basic human right to access medical care without judgment.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/113091631/denying-the-right-to-an-abortion-is-a-form-of-tyranny

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New Zealand – Should our law override a woman’s right to decide about her own body – the abortion debate

Should our law override a woman's right to decide about her own body - the abortion debate

Apr 22 2019

OPINION: The Government is considering law changes to remove abortion from the Crimes Act,

Any move on abortion laws soon becomes a polarising issue.

The current potential change has seen marches by both pro-choice and pro-life groups. Some women have also been sharing their personal experiences. Journalist Paula Penfold decided to tell her own story on Stuff recently

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/112037462/should-our-law-override-a-womans-right-to-decide-about-her-own-body--the-abortion-debate

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Kiwi women are getting abortions earlier in their pregnancies, study finds

Kiwi women are getting abortions earlier in their pregnancies, study finds

Brittney Deguara
Apr 10 2019

New Zealand women who undergo an abortion are having the procedure earlier in their pregnancies, according to a new study.

The proportion of terminations that happen in the first 9 weeks of pregnancy has risen by 20 per cent in the last 10 years according to the study, published in BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/111917883/kiwi-women-are-getting-abortions-earlier-in-their-pregnancies-study-finds

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New Zealand – Despair and Contempt: What it’s like to seek an abortion

Despair and Contempt: What it’s like to seek an abortion

By Paula Penfold
Apr 6, 2019

It’s such a ridiculously innocuous, unobtrusive looking thing, this piece of plastic with a felt-like tip. Years later when you want them, those two blue lines will make you smile.

But this is not then. This is too soon. Too terrifying.

I’m 21, fresh out of journalism school, starting my first job - a junior reporter in a radio newsroom in a small New Zealand town, still wearing my university op-shop clothes, earning less than $20,000 a year but eager, excited for what my career might hold.

Continued: https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2019/circuit/seeking-an-abortion/

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New Zealand – Abort the stigma: Why talking about your abortion helps make it safer for everyone

Abort the stigma: Why talking about your abortion helps make it safer for everyone

Terry Bellamak | Guest writer
Mar 6, 2019

Today is Ash Wednesday, when the annual 40 Days for Life anti-abortion campaign kicks off. This year, explains ALRANZ president Terry Bellamak, the pro-choice counter-protest has a new focus: breaking the silence.

A large majority of New Zealanders trust women and pregnant people to decide for themselves whether to receive abortion care. Only the people involved understand what is best for themselves and their families. Everyone deserves the freedom to decide whether and when to become a parent.

Continued: https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/06-03-2019/abort-the-stigma-why-talking-about-your-abortion-helps-make-it-safer-for-everyone/

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Hundreds of pro-life advocates take to Wellington’s streets in opposition of abortion reform

Hundreds of pro-life advocates take to Wellington's streets in opposition of abortion reform

Ruby Macandrew
Dec 08 2018

Several pro-life organisations have joined forces to ensure their voices are heard when it comes to the hot-button topic of abortion.

Organised by five groups, the March for Life – touted as a counter-protest to this a similar pro-choice event earlier in the week – drew a large crowd to Wellington's Te Ngākau Civic Square on Saturday.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/109200149/Hundreds-of-pro-life-advocates-take-to-Wellingtons-streets-in-opposition-of-abortion-reform

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New Zealand – Hundreds march on Parliament calling for abortion law reform

Hundreds march on Parliament calling for abortion law reform

Sam Tattersfield and Felix Desmarais
Dec 05 2018

Hundreds marched from Frank Kitts Park to Parliament on Wednesday to demand the decriminalisation of abortion.

Despite a blustering squall, the crowd of about 300 rallied below the statue of former Prime Minister Richard Seddon on Parliament's forecourt.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/109128499/Hundreds-march-on-Parliament-calling-for-abortion-law-reform

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New Zealand – Doctors to fight new abortion law

Doctors to fight new abortion law
Group opposes any moves that erode rights in dealing with patients seeking terminations, writes Claire Trevett.

3 Dec, 2018
By: Claire Trevett, Deputy political editor, NZ Herald

A group of doctors opposed to abortion say they will fight any moves in looming reforms to erode their rights to refuse to deal with patients wanting abortions. The issue of referring patients seeking abortions to another doctor has drawn opposition from the group.

Justice Minister Andrew Little says he agrees with a Law Commission proposal for doctors who are "conscientious objectors" to abortion to be made to directly refer a patient on to another doctor who they know will provide the service.

Continued: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12167498

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Abortion in New Zealand and How We Got Here

Abortion in New Zealand and How We Got Here
Untangling the criminal history of abortions in New Zealand shows our laws have long been out of step with society.

by Laetitia Laubscher
Nov 27 2018

Abortion is legal in New Zealand but to get one most women have to lie.

In the year to June 2017, New Zealanders had 13,285 abortions, about one-fifth of all known pregnancies that year. The overwhelming majority were obtained through the circuitous, ambiguously legal method that exists in New Zealand—a system criticised by the United Nations for being an arbitrary, discriminatory mess.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/wj3jmx/abortion-in-new-zealand-and-how-we-got-here

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