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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New Zealand: Abortion debate divides city road

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Abortion debate divides city road

MAR 20 2017, Cass Mason

For the duration of Lent, two groups of people are spending their days outside the Auckland Medical Aid Centre: those who want to see abortion banned in New Zealand, and those who want it made legal

Every day for 40 days in the lead-up to Easter, two sides of a fraught debate stand dutifully on opposite sides of Dominion Rd.

Each watches the other warily. Those for choice are louder, more colourful; they cheer when cars sound their horns. Across the way, volunteers mutter prayers and engage largely with the pavement.

Continued at source: Newsroom: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/03/19/15831/the-division-on-dominion-rd

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New Zealand: Forty-year abortion law, described as ‘offensive’, in fact still good, says Government

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Forty-year abortion law, described as 'offensive', in fact still good, says Government
by Stacey Kirk
March 17, 2017

A 40-year abortion law that still refers to people with impaired mental capacity as "subnormal", does not need changing, says the Government.

Justice Minister Amy Adams said the law might be outdated, but it was workable and the Government had higher priorities.

"The Government has a busy legislative programme focused on issues that affect large numbers of New Zealanders, such as family and sexual violence, money laundering and vulnerable children to name just a few.

Continued at source: Stuff.co: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/90534269/fortyyear-abortion-law-described-as-offensive-in-fact-still-good-says-government

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New Zealand: Political Roundup: The uncomfortable abortion reform challenge

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Political Roundup: The uncomfortable abortion reform challenge
Friday Mar 17, 2017
Bryce Edwards on politics

The radical return of the abortion issue is an opportunity and challenge for politicians. Will they rise to the occasion?

Politicians are finally having to face up to the unresolved abortion question. As yesterday's column pointed out - Should abortion be decriminalised? - the law around abortion is suddenly back on the agenda, following decades of a kind of uncomfortable truce. This was based on an unofficial compromise in which the legal framework for abortion has been very restrictive in law, but relatively liberal in practice.

Most politicians are able to live with compromises, even if they can result in rather messy and farcical situations. But it now appears that the abortion compromise might be falling apart. This will be very uncomfortable for many politicians. Even those who are personally comfortable with more liberal abortion laws will be aware of the potential can of worms that is opened by a renewed debate and investigation into abortion laws. And other politicians will also see the opportunity that such a debate might afford for their own electoral advantage.

Continued at source: New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11820489

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New Zealand: Not updating abortion law ‘an indictment’, MPs told

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Not updating abortion law 'an indictment', MPs told
Thursday, 16 March 2017

Current wording in New Zealand's abortion law is offensive and not updating it is an ``indictment'', a Government-appointed committee has told MPs.

The strong criticism of aspects of abortion law comes amid increasing political debate about the issue, with Labour, the Green Party and Act Party all calling for change.

The Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) made its annual appearance at Parliament's justice and electoral committee today, reporting on how abortion law has been managed.

Continued at source: Otago Daily Times: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/not-updating-abortion-law-indictment-mps-told

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