THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

Conscientious Objection: A Modest Proposal

  What is conscientious objection in medicine? It’s where the law permits doctors, nurses, and pharmacists to refuse to perform lawful services that are part of their specialty without penalty. It is a privilege very few working people enjoy. Conscientious...

Dangerous behaviour in Thames

For several years in Thames, the busybodies from Voice for Life have intruded on the privacy of patients of the Thames Hospital abortion service. Every week, they showed patients of the service how they judged them and found them wanting, by waving gory signs and...

Tribute to Valerie Scott QSM JP 10/8/1928 – 7/9/2016

  by Dame Margaret Sparrow Valerie Scott (88), journalist, artist, interior decorator, Samaritan, was a long standing member of ALRANZ. I first met Valerie in 1970 but before that I already knew of her through her regular columns as the “Dulux” lady. I then got...

0800 ABORTION Service Closes

The 0800 ABORTION service has closed due to lacking of funding. This is a great loss and a sad day for New Zealanders who believe people own their own bodies, and ought to be able to decide what happens to those bodies. The 0800 ABORTION service helped pregnant people...

On abortion stigma, and Thames

by Terry Bellamak   Last weekend Stuff published an excellent article on abortion stigma. If you haven’t read Michelle Duff’s piece yet, go read it – very insightful and full of good historical information. It’s also timely, coming a week after pro-choice locals...

Dispatches From the U.S.: Fear, Loathing, Racism & Violence

Fear, loathing, racism and violence in the US This is the 11th in the blog series by Morgan Healey, immediate past President of ALRANZ, who has recently returned to the US. It aims to bring to life the uniquely absurd state of reproductive rights and justice in the...

Thankfully, bullet dodged

ALRANZ notes with relief the Justice and Electoral Select Committee, having wasted taxpayer money on a year-long discovery process at the behest of an anti-reproductive rights campaigner who came to Parliament with seven signatures on a petition and one faithful...

Review: A Voice in My Head

by Terry Bellamak   Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of seeing “A Voice in My Head”, an original work by Jodie Malloy. I mean original in every sense of the word. The author has discarded the pro-choice and anti-choice framework and delved deeper, into the...

Protected: Tributes to Dame Margaret Sparrow

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Common Sense

by Terry Bellamak It is difficult not to become so accustomed to the dysfunctional status quo around reproductive health care that we lose sight of how messed up it really is. It is not sensible or reasonable that pregnant patients need certifying consultants to sign...