New Zealand is finally trying to decriminalize abortion. Why has it taken so long?

New Zealand is finally trying to decriminalize abortion. Why has it taken so long?

By Julia Hollingsworth, CNN
Sun August 18, 2019

(CNN) Veronica was 21 years old and scared. It all started with a break-up. Her long-term boyfriend left her for her friend. Heartbroken, she ended up having a one-night stand with an older guy.

After the condom broke, he gave her $20 ($13) for the morning after pill, which doesn't require a prescription in New Zealand. She took it but a month later, in the final semester of her teaching degree, she found out she was pregnant.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/18/health/new-zealand-abortion-law-change-intl-hnk/index.html

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NEW ZEALAND – Abortion Law Reform Bill passes first reading by wide margin

NEW ZEALAND – Abortion Law Reform Bill passes first reading by wide margin

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 16, 2019

The long awaited, draft abortion law reform bill passed its first reading, 94 to 23, in the Parliament on 8 August 2019. “The biggest change was taking it out of the criminal code, which is very positive,” reported Jackie Edmond, head of Family Planning NZ, since abortion services were still managed through the Ministry of Justice, even though it’s a health service.

In the last 10 years, 2,566 women have been told that their request for an abortion was unjustified, according to a report from Stuff Circuit, an investigative reporting group, with data from the NZ Abortion Supervisory Committee.

ALRANZ reports that much of the new bill is great, but not everything. Here are the things Terry Bellamak says the government definitely got right:

Continued: https://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/new-zealand-abortion-law-reform-bill-passes-first-reading-by-wide-margin/

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‘The time is right’: New Zealand’s parliament advances bill that would decriminalize abortion

‘The time is right’: New Zealand’s parliament advances bill that would decriminalize abortion

By Siobhán O'Grady
August 8, 2019

Lawmakers in New Zealand voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favor of advancing an abortion bill that would dramatically loosen restrictions surrounding the procedure, in one of the most significant steps New Zealand’s leaders have taken toward revising the country’s abortion policies since the late 1970s.

Thursday’s vote was expected to be close, but it advanced easily to the next stage, with 94 voting in favor and 23 against. After further discussion, it will take two more rounds of voting for it to become law.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/08/07/new-zealand-abortion-is-still-crime-prime-minister-jacinda-ardern-could-soon-change-that/

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New Zealand Takes On a Long-Avoided Issue: Decriminalizing Abortion

New Zealand Takes On a Long-Avoided Issue: Decriminalizing Abortion

By Charlotte Graham-McLay
Aug. 5, 2019

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s government said on Monday that it would try to pass a law decriminalizing abortion, taking on an issue that the nation’s lawmakers have long avoided even as the country built a socially liberal reputation on the world stage.

Under current law, women seeking an abortion must claim that the pregnancy would harm their physical or mental health, and have the procedure approved by two doctors.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/05/world/asia/new-zealand-abortion.html

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New Zealand – The abortion debate: Her uterus, her decision – just give her compassion and respect

The abortion debate: Her uterus, her decision - just give her compassion and respect

Lynley Tulloch
Jun 03 2019

OPINION: In New Zealand there has been a recent upsurge in the abortion debate with a call to decriminalise abortions.

It is a crime to have an abortion in New Zealand unless you have certification from two consultants who agree that the mental or physical health of the mother is in danger, or that the baby would have a serious disability. How draconian is that?

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/113199326/the-abortion-debate-her-uterus-her-decision--just-give-her-compassion-and-respect

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New Zealand – Should our law override a woman’s right to decide about her own body – the abortion debate

Should our law override a woman's right to decide about her own body - the abortion debate

Apr 22 2019

OPINION: The Government is considering law changes to remove abortion from the Crimes Act,

Any move on abortion laws soon becomes a polarising issue.

The current potential change has seen marches by both pro-choice and pro-life groups. Some women have also been sharing their personal experiences. Journalist Paula Penfold decided to tell her own story on Stuff recently

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/112037462/should-our-law-override-a-womans-right-to-decide-about-her-own-body--the-abortion-debate

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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 – 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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