New Zealand Is Pro-choice on Abortion

New Zealand Is Pro-choice on Abortion

February 23, 2017
Terry Bellamak

This Opinion piece is by Terry Bellamak, National President of the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ)

It’s official. This government is out of step with New Zealanders on abortion. Bill English has made his views clear.

As a devout Catholic, he opposes decriminalising abortion. But the people he hopes will vote for him later this year think differently.* The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) recently commissioned a poll on attitudes to abortion to find out two things:

Continued at source: Werewolf: http://werewolf.co.nz/2017/02/new-zealand-is-pro-choice-on-abortion/

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New Zealand: The Government is out of touch on abortion

OPINION: The National-led Government is out of touch with reality around abortion in Aotearoa New Zealand.
by TERRY BELLAMAK, Stuff.co.nz
December 16 2016

In order to access one of the safest and most routine healthcare procedures in the world, pregnant people must:

• See two certifying consultants who actually make the decision whether or not they can get an abortion (and sometimes the answer is no – 216 times in 2014).

• Tell the certifying consultants that their mental health will suffer if they are forced to bear a child against their will (which may be true, but the pregnant person's own decision should be enough).

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Source: Stuff.co.nz

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Feature: Doctors who are our role models and our inspiration – Dame Margaret Sparrow, New Zealand, and Prof Mahmoud Fathalla, Egypt

2 December 2016, by Safe Abortion

"Dame Margaret Sparrow was 21 when she carried out her do-it-yourself abortion. The year was 1956; if you didn't want a baby, there were few ways out. She sent away for an inky-black elixir from a chemist rumoured to know about such things, and it arrived in the post in a brown paper bag.

Professor Mahmoud F Fathalla: "unarguably the greatest women's health rights champion of the last century" at 80-something

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Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

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New Zealand: ALRANZ November 2016 Newsletter

ALRANZ November 2016 Newsletter

News
Prochoice Protests in Thames
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Conference
Values Clarification Workshop
News Roundup

Events
TRAPPED screening

Obituaries
Tribute to Valerie Scott QSM JP

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Source: ALRANZ

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New Zealand: ‘I Know What it’s Like’: The 80-something Abortion Pioneer Who Just Won’t Quit

by Michelle Duff
Nov 8 2016, Broadly

Once, a load of wet cement was dumped on her driveway. It did not dissuade her.

Dame Margaret Sparrow was 21 when she carried out her DIY abortion. The year was 1956; if you didn't want a baby, there were few ways out. She sent away for an inky-black elixir from a chemist rumoured to know about such things, and it arrived in the post in a brown paper bag.

"I have no idea what the mixture contained, whether it was a health risk or what the margin of safety was," Margaret writes in her book Abortion: Then & Now.

She was desperate. It worked. She had the equivalent of a heavy period, which came earlier than usual. "It happened when I was at work and was not in the least traumatic," she recalls. "Anticlimactic, really."

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Source: Broadly

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New Zealand: Abortion demonstrations heat up outside Thames Hospital

Teresa Ramsey/FAIRFAX NZ.

Last updated 11:04 12/08/2016

Teresa Ramsey/Stuff.co.nz

Both sides of the abortion debate were represented for the first time outside Thames Hospital on Friday morning.

A pro-choice group demonstrated last week in opposition to Voice for Life demonstrators, who have staged protests on the corner of Mary and Mackay Streets for many years.

On Friday, both groups demonstrated on opposing street corners.

Both sides vow to demonstrate every Friday morning, which is when women enter the hospital for their abortions.

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Source: Stuff.co, New Zealand

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New Zealand: Demonstration stirs up abortion debate

TERESA RAMSEY, FAIRFAX NZ. Pro choice demonstrators hold up their placards.

by Teresa Ramsey
Aug 5, 2016

The abortion debate is heating up in Thames with a pro-choice group now vowing to demonstrate each week alongside anti-abortion protesters.

More than 40 people attended a pro-choice community meeting in Thames on August 4, followed by the group's first pro-choice demonstration outside Thames Hospital on August 5.

Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRANZ) member Scott Summerfield said the aim of the demonstration was to support women seeking abortion services at the hospital.

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Source: Stuff.co

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