THE ALRANZ BLOG

Our latest thoughts and opinions on abortion laws, law reform, trends and controversies; national and international..

Women Have Free Will

I noticed something strange about Narelle Henson's opinion piece in Stuff a few days ago. She seems to blame doctors more than patients, arguing abortion be decriminalised for patients, but criminal for doctors. Of course, if you criminalise abortion for doctors, it's...

Hey Emperor, nice suit.

Kiwis are waking up to the fact that our abortion laws are ridiculous. Labour, the Greens, and ACT have spoken up and called out the abortion bureaucracy for inefficiency, expense, and denying pregnant people's right to make decisions about their own internal organs....

Good faith and bad

In an article today, Amy Adams let fly a blatant, transparent porkie when she alleged New Zealand's 40 year old abortion laws are working "broadly as intended". That whopper disappears much of the history around the Royal Commission that set out the framework for the...

Nice question.

News flash: 46% of Kiwis are WRONG. Stop the presses. Family First commissioned a poll asking whether respondents agreed with the following incorrect statement: “Women who have abortions risk harming their mental health as a result of the abortion.” The poll found 46%...

This is why so-called ‘conscientious objection’ is wrong

Today ALRANZ posted some stories from people who have experienced the abortion bureaucracy in New Zealand. One sticks out – it demonstrates exactly what is wrong with section 46 of the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977. The writer visited a doctor to...

#40daysfortruth

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. It marks the beginning of the anti-choicers’ annual protest outside hospitals and clinics where abortions are performed. This year, ALRANZ will spend these 40 days celebrating truth. The protesters are well aware their...

Women Who March

21 January was the day women around the world marched for their fundamental human rights.

Conscientious Objection: A Modest Proposal

  What is conscientious objection in medicine? It’s where the law permits doctors, nurses, and pharmacists to refuse to perform lawful services that are part of their specialty without penalty. It is a privilege very few working people enjoy. Conscientious...

Dangerous behaviour in Thames

For several years in Thames, the busybodies from Voice for Life have intruded on the privacy of patients of the Thames Hospital abortion service. Every week, they showed patients of the service how they judged them and found them wanting, by waving gory signs and...

Tribute to Valerie Scott QSM JP 10/8/1928 – 7/9/2016

  by Dame Margaret Sparrow Valerie Scott (88), journalist, artist, interior decorator, Samaritan, was a long standing member of ALRANZ. I first met Valerie in 1970 but before that I already knew of her through her regular columns as the “Dulux” lady. I then got...