THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

More funny numbers

More funny numbers

by Terry Bellamak On Tuesday, 3 December, the Abortion Legislation Select Committee will consider the petition of Ken Orr, which calls for the rejection of the Abortion Legislation Bill. The petition has 15,407 signatures. Of course, the petition of Aimee Wilson...

Reproductive Rights are Mainstream

Reproductive Rights are Mainstream

ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa is delighted our president, Terry Bellamak, has been named as a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards, in the Community Hero category. This honour recognises her hard work in the fight for reproductive rights for all New Zealanders....

Reality and Sex Selective Abortion

Reality and Sex Selective Abortion

The Abortion Legislation Bill Select Committee meetings have turned up a ridiculous idea that keeps coming back: sex selective abortions in Aotearoa, and how we can prevent them. This is ridiculous on several grounds. First, there is no evidence sex selective...

Freedom of Expression and False Equivalence

Freedom of Expression and False Equivalence

by Terry Bellamak One of these things is not like the other ones. Let’s see if you can pick out which one. A 13 year old student protesting the Vietnam war by wearing a black armband. Protesters supporting the occupation at Ihumatao singing in Parliament’s Gallery....

Bait and Switch

Bait and Switch

The Department of Internal Affairs has given $330,000 of Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) funds to anti-abortion organisations. The money went to two crisis pregnancy counselling centres, Pregnancy Counselling Services (PCS) and Crisis Pregnancy Support...

ALRANZ Analysis of the Abortion Law Reform Bill

ALRANZ Analysis of the Abortion Law Reform Bill

The draft abortion law reform bill has passed first reading, 94 to 23. Yay! Much of the bill is great! Some if it is not that great. Let’s start with the things the government definitely got right.   Abortion care is out of the Crimes Act for health practitioners...

The Wake Up Call

The Wake Up Call

Hey folks, Those were some great poll numbers we had this morning from the University of Auckland. But, as the history of reproductive rights in Aotearoa has shown, popular will is not the deciding factor. Back in the 1970’s most people wanted an abortion law that was...

A Different Take on Alabama

A Different Take on Alabama

by Terry Bellamak Right-wing American states, especially those in the Deep South, seem to be vying to see who can trash women’s human right to bodily autonomy the most. Georgia has passed legislation that purports to criminalise Georgians who receive abortion care...

Still Waiting.

Still Waiting.

The Labour coalition has been in government for 18 months now. Half its term is now in the past. And abortion care is still in the Crimes Act. This government has done more and gone farther than any previous government to fix the travesty of our abortion care system....

Get Up, Stand Up

Get Up, Stand Up

by Terry Bellamak After the Christchurch terrorist attacks, a lot of us are feeling vulnerable. Muslims, immigrants, people of colour, people with disabilities, nonbinary and gender diverse people, and women have all been shaken by the inescapable reality that hatred...