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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New Zealand – Treating abortion as a health issue

Treating abortion as a health issue

Vanessa Blackwood
23 November 2018

The Law Commission last month released its briefing to the Minister of Justice providing advice on abortion law reform.

In February, the Minister asked the Law Commission to provide advice on how best to ensure New Zealand’s abortion laws are consistent with treating abortion as a health issue, and what alternative approaches could be taken in New Zealand’s legal framework.

Continued: https://privacy.org.nz/blog/treating-abortion-as-a-health-issue/

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Tasmanian Speaker Sue Hickey calls on Government to make abortion easier, cheaper

Tasmanian Speaker Sue Hickey calls on Government to make abortion easier, cheaper

By Alexandra Humphries
Thu Nov 22, 2018

Tasmanian Speaker Sue Hickey wants free abortions for low-income women, and greater availability of pregnancy termination drugs.

Last week, the Government revealed Melbourne-based surgical termination provider Hampton Park Women's Health Care would begin performing procedures from the end of this month, after nearly a year without an abortion clinic in the state.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-23/sue-hickey-calls-for-free-abortions-in-tasmania/10547082

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New Zealand – Abortion: Separating the facts from the fiction

Abortion: Separating the facts from the fiction

Cecile Meier
Nov 20 2018

Abortion is a polarising issue. The Government's potential move to take the procedure out of the Crimes Act and treat it as a health issue has sparked debate.

Emotional arguments are coming out from both sides and it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction. So what is the science behind the claims? We asked medical experts and researchers about commonly held beliefs on abortions.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/108411355/Abortion-Separating-the-facts-from-the-fiction

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Queensland – LNP moderates warn of ‘rum rebellion’ if trio who backed abortion rights disendorsed

LNP moderates warn of 'rum rebellion' if trio who backed abortion rights disendorsed
Meeting in Bundaberg could open up longstanding schisms in merged party

Ben Smee
Fri 16 Nov 2018

Queensland Liberal National party moderates have warned of a “rum rebellion” if the party’s state council meeting in Bundaberg this weekend takes action against three MPs who voted for abortion rights.

Three state MPs from Brisbane and the Gold Coast – Tim Nicholls, Steve Minnikin and Jann Stuckey – could be disendorsed for supporting a bill to decriminalise abortion last month.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/17/lnp-moderates-warn-of-rum-rebellion-if-trio-who-backed-abortion-rights-disendorsed

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Australia – Revived ‘Zoe’s law’ bill a risk to women’s abortion rights, warn pro-choice groups

Revived ‘Zoe’s law’ bill a risk to women’s abortion rights, warn pro-choice groups
New South Wales MP pushing for bill that would make it a crime to cause serious harm or death to a foetus

Michael McGowan
Fri 16 Nov 2018

A bill before the New South Wales parliament, which would make it a crime to cause serious harm or death to a foetus, would set a “dangerous precedent” and present “a real risk to women’s reproductive rights”, women’s and legal groups have argued.

Five years after it was first introduced, the “Zoe’s law” bill has been revived by the conservative NSW Christian Democrat MP Reverend Fred Nile. But even with pro-choice Nationals MP Trevor Khan seeking a compromise deal, opponents say it could still result in restricted access to abortions in the state.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/17/revived-zoes-law-bill-a-risk-to-womens-abortion-rights-warn-pro-choice-groups

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Australian senator declares himself a woman during clash over abortion

Australian senator declares himself a woman during clash over abortion

By Sean Previl
Nov 16, 2018

A senator in Australia has created controversy following comments in which he “declared [his] gender” to be female in an attempt to shield himself from criticism over his stance on abortion.

National Party Sen. Barry O’Sullivan made the comments in Australian Parliament on Wednesday, saying he was tired of being attacked for his beliefs.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/4670856/australian-senator-declares-himself-woman-abortion/

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Low-cost surgical abortion provider announced for Tasmania

Low-cost surgical abortion provider announced for Tasmania

By Alexandra Humphries
Nov 15, 2018

A low-cost surgical termination provider will open in Hobart from the end of November, but there are concerns over the price of the procedure and accessibility for regional women.

The State Government has revealed the provider, named as Melbourne-based Hampton Park Women's Health Care, will begin taking referrals from Monday.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-16/tasmania-abortion-provider-announced/10505028

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Australia – Clash in upper house over abortion motion

Clash in upper house over abortion motion

Nov 12, 2018

A Greens senator has told a conservative colleague to get his hands off "his rosaries and her ovaries" before the upper house sunk his motion about abortion.

Nationals senator Barry O'Sullivan on Monday moved a motion calling for pro-choice activists to be banned from disrupting annual Day of the Unborn Child observations.

Continued: https://www.9news.com.au/2018/11/12/16/55/clash-in-upper-house-over-abortion-motion

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