THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

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...

People Will Talk

Harvey Weinstein and his vaunted career are foundering under the weight of one simple fact: people will talk. His disgusting behaviour was an open secret in Hollywood for years. It seems New Zealand’s abortion bureaucracy has come to a similar pass. For many years,...

The Definition of Mental Health

In correspondence with Dr Helen Paterson, the Abortion Supervisory Committee did New Zealand a service by clarifying the meaning of ‘mental health’ in the context of determining eligibility for a termination of pregnancy under s 187A of the Crimes Act 1961. The Crimes...

The Courage of the Abortion Supervisory Committee

The Abortion Supervisory Committee showed courage when it refused to sack Dr Helen Paterson for holding the view that abortion should be a matter between a pregnant person and their doctor. Our archaic abortion laws put the ASC between a rock and a hard place. The...

Busting Some Myths

New Zealand may be on the verge of having a grown-up conversation about abortion. After forty years, we are ready. For this conversation to produce light as well as heat, New Zealanders will need to keep their critical thinking skills sharp. Whatever else it may be,...

“Broadly satisfactory”

by Terry Bellamak Bill English on abortion law: "It seems to operate in a day-to-day way that is broadly satisfactory, and so I support the current law." What happened to a woman in Auckland recently demonstrates how current abortion law is not “broadly satisfactory”....

Evidence based and patient-focused

Finally, after 40 years, a New Zealand politician has the courage to admit what many of us have known all along: New Zealand’s abortion bureaucracy is not fit for purpose. It’s a good start. Acknowledging the problem is the first step toward solving it. But merely...

Talk v Walk

At the NCW/Zonta Annual Women’s Debate this year, abortion was a sensation. Every single candidate in the place proclaimed herself to be pro-choice. Even Nicola Willis of the National Party, who said she was pro-choice, then went on the promise she would not lift a...

The Courage of Helen Paterson

We already know how New Zealand’s abortion bureaucracy forces women to lie to get the health care they need. We have overlooked how it forces certifying consultants to lie to keep their jobs. That is, until Dr Helen Paterson came out as a pro-choice supporter. The...

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

If you have not yet read Mamari Stephens’s article in E-Tangata on welfare laws that beg to be broken, read it here. It’s excellent. One thought struck me: there are parallels between crappy welfare law (and practice) and crappy abortion law (and practice). Both...