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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Australia: Anti-abortion protesters have acted with impunity for decades. That ends now

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Anti-abortion protesters have acted with impunity for decades. That ends now

In a victory for women’s rights, a demonstrator has been found guilty of breaching safe access zones in Victoria

Tania Penovic and Ronli Sifris
Friday 13 October 2017

A 14-year-old girl, scared and vulnerable, realises that she is pregnant. A 43-year-old unemployed mother of five whose husband is recently deceased discovers she is pregnant and does not know how she will cope with another child. A 36-year-old woman with a planned pregnancy is processing a diagnosis of severe foetal abnormality.

Each year many Australian women deal with problem pregnancies. Some decide to continue with the pregnancy and some decide to terminate the pregnancy. Whatever the decision, they have a right to seek unbiased professional counselling and appropriate medical care; and they have a right to do so without being harassed, intimidated or interfered with as they are entering a clinic that provides the full range of reproductive health services. This is why Victoria’s safe access zone legislation, which prohibits certain conduct within 150m of a clinic at which abortions are provided, is so important.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/13/anti-abortion-protestors-have-acted-with-impunity-for-decades-that-ends-now

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Australia: A day in the life of an abortion nurse

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A day in the life of an abortion nurse

Saimi Jeong
October 7 2017

When Kitty Grozdich interviews a patient for the first time, they sometimes say things such as "I don't want to do this", and so she'll ask why they're there.

They might say their mum or their boyfriend is making them see her, which is a clear-cut reason to stop the procedure going ahead. But patients who say "maybe I'm making a mistake", Grozdich tells them: If you're saying "maybe", for me that means "no".

Continued at source: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-abortion-nurse-20170922-gyn9f5.html

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Australia: Rural women face ‘alarming’ abortion service gaps, study finds

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Rural women face 'alarming' abortion service gaps, study finds

By Charlotte King
October 02, 2017

A study into rural doctors' attitudes towards abortion in Victoria has revealed alarming gaps in services for women with unplanned pregnancies.

Researchers from Melbourne University found almost 40 per cent of general practitioner doctors (GPs) in Victoria's west objected to facilitating abortion — more than double the national rate.

Continued at source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-02/access-gaps-to-abortion-services-in-victoria/9007024

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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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Australia: Women considering abortion are being dissuaded by supposedly objective counselling groups

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Women considering abortion are being dissuaded by supposedly objective counselling groups
Cathy O’Leary, Medical Editor
Monday, 18 September 2017

The WA Government is reviewing its advice on abortions amid claims some counselling services claiming to be objective are actually trying to talk women out of terminations.

WA Labor is also considering banning protests near clinics to prevent pro-life groups harassing or pressuring women considering an abortion.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the Women and Newborn Health Service was using an expert clinical advisory group to ensure it was providing evidence-based, accurate information about terminations.

Continued at source: https://thewest.com.au/news/health/women-considering-abortion-are-being-dissuaded-by-supposedly-objective-counselling-groups-ng-b88598792z

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New Zealand: Labour leader Jacinda Ardern tackles ‘smear campaign’ on abortion stance

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Labour leader Jacinda Ardern tackles 'smear campaign' on abortion stance
11 Sep, 2017
Jacinda Ardern talks about abortion on Newstalk ZB leader's breakfast.

Corazon Miller, Reporter, NZ Herald

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says she's the victim of a deliberate misinformation campaign about her stance on abortion.

The question of where she drew the line was raised during her interview on this morning's Newstalk ZB leaders breakfast segment with Larry Williams.

Family First NZ's Bob McCoskrie asked if Ardern would personally endorse Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand's preferred new law, based on a Canadian model that would seek to legalise abortion on demand up till birth.

Continued at source: New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11920894

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New Zealand: The time to reform abortion law is now

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Alice Snedden: The time to reform abortion law is now

ALICE SNEDDEN
September 10 2017

OPINION: Abortion. Otherwise known as "smushmortion", to fans of Knocked Up. Or as "a sin" to fans of God. It's the kind of thing you don't talk about at dinner parties. Unless it's to do it quietly in the corner, and only if it's just to say, "did you hear…". It's been a taboo topic for a long time, or more accurately for all of time.

It's a topic that quite often divides strangers and families. It's like which rugby team you support, except it matters. Society as a whole has never had one homogenous opinion on it. Although that's true of almost all things in New Zealand, except for the fact that we all agree, Richie McCaw is a national hero and Mike McRoberts is a daddy.

Continued at source: Stuff.co: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/96584737/alice-snedden-the-time-to-reform-abortion-law-is-now

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New Zealand: Current abortion law and proposed changes

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Q+A: Current abortion law and proposed changes

KATIE KENNY
September 6 2017

Jacinda Ardern and Bill English clashed over the issue during Monday's televised leaders debate.

When the Abortion Supervisory Committee described New Zealand's abortion laws as "offensive" and outdated, Prime Minister Bill English said any liberalising of the legislation wasn't going to happen on his watch.

But it will on mine, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern promised during Monday's leaders debate. She said if she were elected she would review the legislation which hasn't been altered since 1977.

Continued at source: Stuff.co: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/96525027/qa-current-abortion-law-and-proposed-changes

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Abortion Is Still A Crime In New Zealand And Now It Is An Election Issue

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Abortion Is Still A Crime In New Zealand And Now It Is An Election Issue
"People need to be able to make their own decision."

Posted on September 06, 2017
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

"Because it is 2017," New Zealand's opposition leader Jacinda Ardern tells BuzzFeed News when asked why she'd take abortion out of the nation's criminal code if she wins at the polls on September 23.

The prime minister of New Zealand Bill English and Ardern, the Labour leader, were put on the spot about the issue of abortion during an election debate on Monday, ahead of this month's election.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/abortion-is-still-a-crime-in-new-zealand-and-now-it-is-an

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