THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

Expensive Arguments and Cheap Theatre

Expensive Arguments and Cheap Theatre

by Terry Bellamak Last week I spent some time in the High Court in Wellington, observing the judicial review proceeding of the NZ Health Professionals’ Alliance v the Attorney-General. The NZHPA is a group of medical practitioners who object to abortion. They are...

False Frames

False Frames

by Terry Bellamak So, I’ve been commenting on an abortion related post on Facebook. I know, I know. It’s interesting how no matter what the original post is about, anti-abortion activists (calling them ‘antis’ from here on for brevity’s sake, no shade intended) always...

Flowers for Abortion Providers!

Flowers for Abortion Providers!

Once again, it’s almost time for the annual #40daysofharassment (AKA 40daysforlife). Safe areas did not make it into the abortion law reform legislation last year. So even though abortion is legal now, harassment of patients and providers continues. Abortion providers...

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...