THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

Bait and Switch

Bait and Switch

The Department of Internal Affairs has given $330,000 of Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) funds to anti-abortion organisations. The money went to two crisis pregnancy counselling centres, Pregnancy Counselling Services (PCS) and Crisis Pregnancy Support...

ALRANZ Analysis of the Abortion Law Reform Bill

ALRANZ Analysis of the Abortion Law Reform Bill

The draft abortion law reform bill has passed first reading, 94 to 23. Yay! Much of the bill is great! Some if it is not that great. Let’s start with the things the government definitely got right.   Abortion care is out of the Crimes Act for health practitioners...

The Wake Up Call

The Wake Up Call

Hey folks, Those were some great poll numbers we had this morning from the University of Auckland. But, as the history of reproductive rights in Aotearoa has shown, popular will is not the deciding factor. Back in the 1970’s most people wanted an abortion law that was...

A Different Take on Alabama

A Different Take on Alabama

by Terry Bellamak Right-wing American states, especially those in the Deep South, seem to be vying to see who can trash women’s human right to bodily autonomy the most. Georgia has passed legislation that purports to criminalise Georgians who receive abortion care...

Still Waiting.

Still Waiting.

The Labour coalition has been in government for 18 months now. Half its term is now in the past. And abortion care is still in the Crimes Act. This government has done more and gone farther than any previous government to fix the travesty of our abortion care system....

Get Up, Stand Up

Get Up, Stand Up

by Terry Bellamak After the Christchurch terrorist attacks, a lot of us are feeling vulnerable. Muslims, immigrants, people of colour, people with disabilities, nonbinary and gender diverse people, and women have all been shaken by the inescapable reality that hatred...

For IWD 2019, Abort the Stigma

For IWD 2019, Abort the Stigma

by Terry Bellamak Another International Women’s Day comes and goes, and New Zealand women still don’t have the freedom to decide for themselves whether or not to receive abortion care. In the land of Kate Sheppard and Suffrage 1893, women are still not treated as...

Reproductive Coercion

Reproductive Coercion

by Terry Bellamak Now that New Zealand is finally discussing abortion law reform, some folk are raising concerns about people being forced to get abortions they don’t want, also known as reproductive coercion. This is a favourite talking point for anti-choice folk....

The Effects of Decriminalising Abortion

The Effects of Decriminalising Abortion

by Terry Bellamak New Zealand is finally discussing abortion law reform. One of the first items of business on the government’s agenda is taking abortion out of the Crimes Act. This promises to make abortion easier to access, reduce delays, and reduce the unwarranted...

2019, Here We Come

2019, Here We Come

by Terry Bellamak 2018 was a big, amazing year for ALRANZ.  We all saw Ireland amend their constitution to allow the Oireachtas to legislate to allow abortion. We got a preview of terrible amendments to watch out for as we progress our own law reform process,...