Abortion matters

Our thoughts and opinions about abortion and other sexual and reproductive health matters.

Watch What They Do

Watch What They Do

by Terry Bellamak This week in the USA, someone leaked a Supreme Court majority decision that reverses Roe v Wade, the decision that establishes a constitutional right to an abortion. Now Americans are incandescent with outrage at the dumpster fire their democracy has become. When we consider our...

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ALRANZ condemns potential overturning of Roe v Wade in United States

ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa is deeply disturbed by the leaked draft opinion of the United States Supreme Court that purports to overturn the constitutional right to abortion. Abortion is a fundamental human right and, if the leak is accurate, the decision will jeopardise millions of Americans’...

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The Long Game

The Long Game

by Terry Bellamak To see what the world would look like if anti-abortion types had their way, look no farther than the USA. Like Oklahoma, which just passed a bill making all abortions illegal except to save the life of the mother. The governor is expected to sign it. Like Tennessee, which is...

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Why we need to fight abortion stigma 

Why we need to fight abortion stigma 

by Katie Lavers Medical science has improved lives. Vaccinations can prevent disease. They have been in New Zealand since the 1860’s, with smallpox vaccines being first in line. In the 1940’s and 50’s more widespread vaccination programmes began. Likewise, modern abortion care prevents deaths from...

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A Testing Time Part 3 – Hormone Pregnancy Tests 

A Testing Time Part 3 – Hormone Pregnancy Tests 

  by Margaret Sparrow From 1942 another type of pregnancy test was developed, not using hCG but two other hormones, oestrogen (or a synthetic oestrogen) and progesterone (or a synthetic progestogen). Either taken orally or injected, various combinations of these hormones induce menstruation...

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Endo Shouldn’t Be Like This

Endo Shouldn’t Be Like This

by Rimu Bhooi It's Endometriosis Awareness Month, and I'm sitting in bed, recovering from a concoction of medications in my system - Morphine, Sevredol, Bisacodyl, Ondansetron, Pregabalin, Panadol, Norethisterone, Nortriptyline, Omeprazole, Codeine, and Sertraline.  I'd like to say that recovering...

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