THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

ALRANZ Analysis: The Law Commission Reports Back

During the last election campaign Jacinda Ardern declared her intention to reform New Zealand’s abortion laws by decriminalising the procedure, and changing the law to treat abortion as a health matter. Last February, her Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, directed...

Safe Access to Abortion Requires Safe Access to the Clinic

by Scott Summerfield, ALRANZ Executive Board You are on your way to the hospital. Something has come up, and you only have a short time to seek medical help before your life is changed forever. You are anxious, a million thoughts running through your mind, but you are...

ALRANZ Complains to the HRC

For the past two years, ALRANZ has been working on a project to bring a complaint to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) about how New Zealand’s abortion laws breach the human rights of pregnant people. We chose this route for several reasons. First, complaining to the...

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...