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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Separating fact from fiction on abortion law reform

Separating fact from fiction on abortion law reform

Jackie Edmond | Guest writer
Nov 5, 2018
Opinion

Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond debunks some of the myths and misinformation around abortion law reform in New Zealand and the changes proposed by the Law Commission.

It’s important to have accurate information to decide how you feel about changing the law on abortion. The problem is, that isn’t always possible online. At Family Planning, we’ve had a number of queries about the law, and we’d like to present what we know to be accurate.

Continued: https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/05-11-2018/separating-fact-from-fiction-on-abortion-law-reform/

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New Zealand – Government set to reform abortion law after 40 years

Government set to reform abortion law after 40 years

Oct 31, 2018
Tova O'Brien

Newshub can reveal Parliament looks set to vote to reform abortion law - removing it from the Crimes Act and treating it as a health issue.

Newshub asked all 121 MPs which way they would vote on abortion law - and although a lot haven't yet decided, the vast majority who have made up their minds will vote for change.

Continued: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/10/government-set-to-reform-abortion-law-after-40-years.html

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New Zealand – MPs tread cautiously around abortion legislation

MPs tread cautiously around abortion legislation

Radio New Zealand Wednesday
31 October 2018
Jo Moir, Political Reporter

The Law Commission has reported back on ways to modernise abortion legislation - all of which would decriminalise it - but MPs are taking their time to make up their minds.

In February, Justice Minister Andrew Little asked for advice on how to take abortion out of the Crimes Act and make it a health matter.

Continued: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1810/S00152/mps-tread-cautiously-around-abortion-legislation.htm

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New Zealand – Abortion law change at last in sight

Abortion law change at last in sight

by Liz Beddoe
Oct 30, 2018

In her second opinion piece on the need for change to New Zealand’s abortion law, Associate Professor Liz Beddoe talks through the options proposed in the Law Commission’s briefing paper, Alternative Approaches to Abortion Law, released last Friday.

After many decades of calls for reform of our outdated abortion law, change is finally in our sights. The Law Commission’s briefing paper Alternative Approaches to Abortion Law, commissioned by Justice Minister Andrew Little in February, provides three alternative legal models for consideration.

Continued: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/10/29/297669/abortion-law-change-at-last-in-sight

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New Zealand – Abortion survey: 66% support women’s right to choose

Abortion survey: 66% support women's right to choose

Tuesday 30 October 2018
By Regan Paranihi

New Zealand's first Gender Attitudes Survey shows that 66% of New Zealanders agree that a woman should have the right to choose whether or not she has an abortion while 14% disagreed.

A further 15% of New Zealanders were neutral and 5% didn't know.

Continued: https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/abortion-survey-66-support-womens-right-choose

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New Zealand – Māori MPs give their take on abortion law reforms

Māori MPs give their take on abortion law reforms

Tuesday 30 October 2018.
By Talisa Kupenga

The Law Commission's recommendation that government decriminalise abortion and treat it as a health issue is expected to result in a conscience vote for MPs, but it’s not clear whether it would get enough support for a law change.

Holding her baby daughter, Labour’s Kiri Allan says it’s time for a law change. "I've been an advocate for abortion law reform and decriminalising in this area."

Continued: https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/maori-mps-give-their-take-on-abortion-law-reforms

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New Zealand – Abortion law reform options an improvement – advocate

Abortion law reform options an improvement - advocate

27 October 2018

The Law Commission has recommended decriminalising abortion and making it simpler for a woman to get a procedure.

The minister, Andrew Little, asked the Law Commission in February for options on changing the 40-year-old law, and it reported back yesterday. Mr Little will now consult with his government partners and take a paper to Cabinet.

Continued: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/369587/abortion-law-reform-options-an-improvement-advocate

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New Zealand – Abortion not a crime if Labour delivers on law change

Abortion not a crime if Labour delivers on law change
Abortion will be decriminalised if any of three models proposed by the Law Commission are adopted.

26 October 2018
Jo Moir, Political Reporter

Justice Minister Andrew Little asked the Law Commission to provide advice on how to take abortion out of the Crimes Act and make it a health matter.

The alternative approaches include no statutory test for an abortion to take place, a statutory test performed by one health practitioner, and a statutory test performed only after 22 weeks of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/369524/abortion-not-a-crime-if-labour-delivers-on-law-change

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New Zealand’s ‘degrading’ abortion ban breaches human rights, say activists

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.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/08/new-zealands-degrading-abortion-ban-breaches-human-rights-say-activists

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