THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

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...

Safe Areas

Safe Areas

No one’s exercise of free speech should make another feel less free. --- Moana Jackson One aspect of the Abortion Legislation Bill that got a lot of airtime at the select committee, but not so much in media commentary, is safe areas. Safe areas are zones where people...

Sorry, Not Sorry

Sorry, Not Sorry

by Terry Bellamak In news shocking to no one who has received abortion care, longitudinal research from the states reveals that after five years 95% of people who decided to receive abortion care mainly felt relief. They did not regret their decision. Wow. It’s almost...

Just Not True

Just Not True

by Terry Bellamak At the Abortion Legislation Bill Select Committee’s public meetings, one of the falsehoods anti-abortion extremists repeated most often was that the new bill would “bring in abortion right up until birth for any reason at all.” There are so many ways...

Dame Margaret Sparrow on Shortlist for New Zealander of the Year

Dame Margaret Sparrow on Shortlist for New Zealander of the Year

Dame Margaret Sparrow, former national president of ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa, is on the shortlist for New Zealander of the Year. ALRANZ is proud that Kiwibank has recognised Dame Margaret’s ceaseless efforts to empower the people of New Zealand by changing our...