THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

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...

The Morality of Coercion

‘Crisis Pregnancy Centre’ is a term of art. It means a counselling centre that advertises that it provides neutral pregnancy counselling, but anyone unwise or unlucky enough to go there soon discovers it’s a front for an anti-choice pressure group. They bait pregnant...

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.