New Zealand – Editorial: Abortion law needs to catch up with real life

Editorial: Abortion law needs to catch up with real life

6 Nov, 2018

Abortion is not a subject most people want to discuss, either as personal experience or as a matter of public policy. New Zealanders who remember our abortion debate of the 1970s probably have no wish to repeat it, but it looks likely the country will need to. The Labour Party wants to remove abortion from the criminal law and treat it as a health matter. Justice Minister Andrew Little has taken the first step, getting advice from the Law Commission on how that might be done.

The debate of 40 years ago ended, as difficult issues often do, in a compromise that satisfied neither side. The Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 set out conditions under which abortion could be legally performed in New Zealand. Essentially two doctors had to decide that a pregnancy met one of the conditions under which abortion was permitted on the Crimes Act.

Continued: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12154868

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New Zealand can’t congratulate itself on International Safe Abortion day

New Zealand can't congratulate itself on International Safe Abortion day

28/09/2018

Terry Bellamak for The Spinoff

OPINION: In New Zealand, some people think we have it pretty good when it comes to abortion access. But with abortion still in the Crimes Act and other people getting to decide whether pregnant people can terminate, we really have no reason to feel safe. Abortion Law Reform New Zealand president Terry Bellamak writes.

Today is International Safe Abortion Day. It's a day when we celebrate those places where abortion is safe, legal, and accessible, and mourn those places where pregnant people still have to get abortion medications over the internet, risk their lives sourcing abortions outside the health system, or face unfounded prosecutions when they miscarry spontaneously.

Continued: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2018/09/new-zealand-can-t-congratulate-itself-on-international-safe-abortion-day.html

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UK – ‘Outdated’ UK abortion laws hampering care for women, doctors say

‘Outdated’ UK abortion laws hampering care for women, doctors say

Study finds threat of prosecution makes doctors less likely to go into abortion provision

Maya Oppenheim
Wednesday 12 September 2018

Doctors think Britain’s “outdated” abortion law hampers their ability to provide the best care for women, a new study has found.

Research from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, a charity which provides terminations and pregnancy advice, discovered that rules such as making two doctors sign off abortion forms give rise to delays.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-abortion-laws-care-women-doctors-british-pregnancy-advisory-service-a8534841.html

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UK – Woman kept waiting two months for abortion after clinic cancellations

Woman kept waiting two months for abortion after clinic cancellations

Kate Buck
Monday 6 Aug 2018

A woman has been kept waiting for an abortion for two months due to a botched procedure, staff illness and cancelled terminations.

Heidi Buckman, 43, is 15 weeks pregnant but has been trying to get an abortion for eight weeks.

Heidi has two daughters, ten and 13, with her ex-husband, and has been with her partner, 38, for seven years.

Continued: https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/06/woman-kept-waiting-two-months-for-abortion-after-clinic-cancellations-7805705/

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Women can wait up to a month to see an abortion provider in Queensland says doctor

Women can wait up to a month to see an abortion provider in Queensland says doctor

November 28 2017
Amy Mitchell-Whittington

Women seeking abortions in regional Queensland after often marginalised and can face month-long waiting lists for an often unaffordable procedure that should be considered “essential healthcare”, a Brisbane-based abortion provider says.

Kalama Emanuel considers herself a “fly-in-fly-out worker” providing terminations to women in Rockhampton once a fortnight, where she said the wait-list can stretch to four weeks.

Continued at source: http://www.watoday.com.au/queensland/women-can-wait-up-to-a-month-to-see-an-abortion-provider-in-queensland-says-doctor-20171120-p4yx4d.html

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Irish women aborting later due to lack of service access

Irish women aborting later due to lack of service access
Oireachtas committee to hear need to travel to UK may delay presentation for abortion

Tue, Nov 7, 2017
Sarah Bardon

Irish women are accessing abortions in the later stage of their pregnancies due to the difficulties in accessing services, an Oireachtas committee is to be told.

The committee assessing the Eighth Amendment will hear from senior law lecturer in medical law from University of London Ruth Fletcher on Wednesday.

continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/irish-women-aborting-later-due-to-lack-of-service-access-1.3283559

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