THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

Understanding Family First New Zealand v Attorney-General

Understanding Family First New Zealand v Attorney-General

by Ella Shepherd Since 2013, Family First New Zealand (one of the most prominent anti-choice lobby groups in the country) has been battling its deregisteration and loss of charity status with the Charities Board. On Thursday the Court of Appeal released its ruling....

Who is Practicing Medicine?

Who is Practicing Medicine?

by Terry Bellamak National MP Harete Hipango spent last week peddling the myth that because we reformed our abortion laws, people will get abortions right up until birth. It follows that she does not trust health practitioners or pregnant people.  Those who followed...

The Reprieve

The Reprieve

by Terry Bellamak The United States Supreme Court has struck down Louisiana’s law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals – a requirement made both unnecessary and impossible to fulfil by the very safety of early medical and...

Tribute to De Rex Hunton MBE

Tribute to De Rex Hunton MBE

by Dame Margaret Sparrow I first met Rex soon after the opening of the Auckland Medical Aid Centre in May 1974. It was a great relief to those of us who were having to refer women to Australia at that time and I wanted to see for myself to where I was referring...

The Legacy of Norma McCorvey

The Legacy of Norma McCorvey

by Terry Bellamak Norma McCorvey was ‘Jane Roe’, the plaintiff in Roe v Wade – the landmark US Supreme Court case that recognised Americans’ constitutional right to choose to receive abortion care.  In the 1990s abortion opponents hailed McCorvey’s supposed religious...

The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect

by Terry Bellamak  Last week, supporters of reproductive rights in Aotearoa had an historic victory. Parliament voted to reform our abortion legislation to recognise a pregnant people’s right to bodily autonomy up to 20 weeks, and to streamline abortion care, bringing...

Anti-abortion Scaremongering: Reproductive Coercion

Anti-abortion Scaremongering: Reproductive Coercion

by Terry Bellamak Reproductive coercion is what happens when someone overcomes another person’s reproductive decisions through intimidation or force. It can take many forms, like forcing someone to become or remain pregnant, forcing them to seek abortion care, or...

Anti-abortion Scaremongering: Informed Consent

Anti-abortion Scaremongering: Informed Consent

by Terry Bellamak Informed consent is a big deal in health circles. The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act recognises the right to refuse medical care. That right cannot be fully exercised without the full information about the medical condition, and treatment options....

ALRANZ’s Field Guide to SOPs

ALRANZ’s Field Guide to SOPs

by Terry Bellamak ***UPDATED*** The Abortion Legislation Bill has now passed second reading. The next step in the legislative process will be the Committee of the whole House. That’s the free for all where MPs debate themselves hoarse over possible changes to the...

Anti-abortion Scaremongering: Abortions at Later Gestations

Anti-abortion Scaremongering: Abortions at Later Gestations

By Terry Bellamak The recent Abortion Legislation Select Committee heard from a lot of anti-abortion folks, repeating the same distorted lines they always use.  “Abortions will be available up until birth, for any reason!” was a favourite. Let’s deconstruct this dog...