THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

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...

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...