THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

Dominoes + Gravity

Dominoes + Gravity

by Terry Bellamak  2020 has seen some action on the reproductive rights front. Like decriminalisation: In March New Zealand decriminalised abortion and aligned it with other health care. Argentina just passed a law decriminalising abortion up to 14 weeks. It is widely...

Hopeful Times

Hopeful Times

by Terry Bellamak 2020 was not all bad. This was the year New Zealand joined the 21st century and decriminalised abortion, making it more accessible and treating it as a part of health care. People who find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy will find it...

Progressive is Normal for New Zealand

Progressive is Normal for New Zealand

by Terry Bellamak   This election was good news for supporters of reproductive rights. The results show that, unlike some places, New Zealand has no time for theocracy. Parliamentary supporters of the Abortion Legislation Act (ALA) were re-elected in droves....

Polish Authoritarians’ Miscalculation

Polish Authoritarians’ Miscalculation

by Terry Bellamak A little over a week ago, Poland’s governing party reaped the rewards of its shameless stacking of Poland’s highest court with its political adherents. That court, Poland’s constitutional tribunal, ruled that abortions for fatal fetal abnormality...

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...