New Zealand's 'degrading' abortion ban breaches human rights, say activists
Advocacy group lays discrimination complaint with country’s rights commission over criminalisation of terminations
Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin
Mon 8 Oct 2018
An abortion advocacy group in New Zealand has laid a discrimination complaint alleging New Zealand’s strict abortion laws breach the human rights of pregnant people, and subject them to “ritual humiliation”.
As experts prepare to hand down a major review into the country’s controversial abortion laws later this month, ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa has teamed up with five women who have experienced difficulties and emotional pain in accessing abortions in bringing their complaint to the country’s human rights commission.
Abortion case taken to Human Rights Commission
Sasha Borissenko of Newsroom.co.nz
Oct 08 2018
Six women who have sought abortion care and the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRANZ) have taken a complaint to the Human Rights Commission alleging abortion laws discriminate against women and pregnant people.
ALRANZ's complaint to the commission on behalf of the women alleges "people who seek abortion care receive different and demonstrably worse treatment than other people seeking health care", according to ALRANZ president Terry Bellamak.
Abortion rights group brings complaint to Human Rights Group over 'discriminatory' laws
Sun, Oct 7
Abortion Rights Aotearoa (ALRANZ) has lodged a complaint to the Human Rights Commission over New Zealand's Abortion laws.
The group said last night in a statement that it believes New Zealand's abortion law discriminates against women and pregnant people on the basis of sex.
Surely it’s time for a grown-up conversation about abortion?
By Jessica Hammond Doube | Guest writer
August 24, 2017
More than 13,000 abortions were performed in New Zealand last year. Despite this, abortion in this country is enshrined in the Crimes Act. Jessica Hammond Doube doesn’t think it should be, and she’s doing her best to do something about it.
When I was about 10 years old, my parents took me to an anti-abortion protest. As a good Catholic schoolgirl, I enthusiastically took up my placard, believing it was obvious that abortion was murder.
And then a few months ago I became a political candidate. One of my priorities: getting abortion removed from the Crimes Act.
Continued at source: The Spinoff: https://thespinoff.co.nz/parenting/24-08-2017/surely-its-time-for-a-grown-up-conversation-about-abortion/