THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

Bereavement Leave Bill

Labour MP Ginny Andersen’s member’s bill amends the Holidays Act 2003 to include bereavement leave for the “unplanned end” of a “confirmed pregnancy by way of the death of the foetus”. There is a problem here. The bill creates a hierarchy of lost pregnancies, some of...

False Equivalence

This week, the New Zealand Media Council partially upheld a complaint against the NZ Herald. The complaint related to an opinion piece by an anti-abortion activist. In it, the author made several dodgy claims, easily rubbished by rudimentary application of Google,...

Guest post! Deconstructing Anti-Abortion Propaganda

A Pro-Choice Rebuttal and Response Guide by Craig Young For ALRANZ members and other pro-choicers, here's a handy quick guide to deconstructing anti-abortion propaganda. (1) Anti-abortionists never use the correct medical terms for prenatal stages of development such...

Repealed

This is big. When it comes to reproductive rights, Ireland was the big bad. It was one of the last bastions of medieval Catholic cultural hegemony left in Europe. Now the bastion has fallen to forces of equality, of modernity. Not for nothing did Martin Luther King Jr...

Incompatible Perspectives

by Terry Bellamak When considering people requesting abortion care, I have always thought that, even as the women knew they were lying to the certifying consultants, the certifying consultants also knew they were lying and helpfully pretended to believe them. But that...

40 Days of Gratitude

by Terry Bellamak “40 Days for Life” is the time of year when anti-abortion folks try to make life harder for people who need abortion care, and for people who provide it. This usually takes the form of increased harassment of people entering and leaving abortion...

It’s Back

It’s here again. I don’t know why, but I’m always surprised when Lent comes around, like it does every year. With Lent, comes the annual international annoyance known as 40 Days for Life. Because 40 Days for Slut Shaming wouldn’t nearly sound so high-minded. As usual,...

Forty Years

We have officially had 40 years of the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act. How do you like it so far? That’s forty years going through the degrading process of getting the approval of two random certifying consultants in order to give effect to your own...

Dom Post Supports Abortion Law Reform

This week the Dominion Post came out in favour of abortion law reform. It correctly called out forty years of past governments willing to live with our sham of a system that requires pregnant people to pretend to be mentally fragile and doctors to pretend to believe...

Anti-choicers and Their Ridiculous Narratives

New Zealand is about to have a national conversation about abortion. Kiwis will need to keep their critical thinking faculties sharp to deal with anti-choicers’ bad faith arguments and ridiculous narratives. The bad faith arguments usually take the form of trotting...