THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

In the Land of Kate Sheppard

Today there are celebrations all over New Zealand, marking the anniversary of one of the achievements that stokes the greatest pride in our country: first to recognise women’s right to vote. There are other firsts that engender less pride, like the world’s highest...

NCW Supports Abortion Law Reform

Last weekend the National Council of Women (NCW) held their annual conference in Auckland. The organisation considered a remit proposed by ALRANZ, to update and strengthen NCW’s commitment to abortion law reform. The old remit called upon the...

Anti-choice, Not Anti-abortion

Amanda Marcotte’s article on a 2007 decision of Brett Kavanagh, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, reveals the beating heart of the anti-abortion movement is all about choice, not abortion. When Kavanagh was a judge on the US Court of Appeals, DC circuit, he filed...

Bereavement Leave Bill

Labour MP Ginny Andersen’s member’s bill amends the Holidays Act 2003 to include bereavement leave for the “unplanned end” of a “confirmed pregnancy by way of the death of the foetus”. There is a problem here. The bill creates a hierarchy of lost pregnancies, some of...

False Equivalence

This week, the New Zealand Media Council partially upheld a complaint against the NZ Herald. The complaint related to an opinion piece by an anti-abortion activist. In it, the author made several dodgy claims, easily rubbished by rudimentary application of Google,...

Guest post! Deconstructing Anti-Abortion Propaganda

A Pro-Choice Rebuttal and Response Guide by Craig Young For ALRANZ members and other pro-choicers, here's a handy quick guide to deconstructing anti-abortion propaganda. (1) Anti-abortionists never use the correct medical terms for prenatal stages of development such...

Repealed

This is big. When it comes to reproductive rights, Ireland was the big bad. It was one of the last bastions of medieval Catholic cultural hegemony left in Europe. Now the bastion has fallen to forces of equality, of modernity. Not for nothing did Martin Luther King Jr...

Incompatible Perspectives

by Terry Bellamak When considering people requesting abortion care, I have always thought that, even as the women knew they were lying to the certifying consultants, the certifying consultants also knew they were lying and helpfully pretended to believe them. But that...

40 Days of Gratitude

by Terry Bellamak “40 Days for Life” is the time of year when anti-abortion folks try to make life harder for people who need abortion care, and for people who provide it. This usually takes the form of increased harassment of people entering and leaving abortion...

It’s Back

It’s here again. I don’t know why, but I’m always surprised when Lent comes around, like it does every year. With Lent, comes the annual international annoyance known as 40 Days for Life. Because 40 Days for Slut Shaming wouldn’t nearly sound so high-minded. As usual,...