THE ALRANZ BLOG

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

The Definition of Mental Health

In correspondence with Dr Helen Paterson, the Abortion Supervisory Committee did New Zealand a service by clarifying the meaning of ‘mental health’ in the context of determining eligibility for a termination of pregnancy under s 187A of the Crimes Act 1961. The Crimes...

The Courage of the Abortion Supervisory Committee

The Abortion Supervisory Committee showed courage when it refused to sack Dr Helen Paterson for holding the view that abortion should be a matter between a pregnant person and their doctor. Our archaic abortion laws put the ASC between a rock and a hard place. The...

“Broadly satisfactory”

by Terry Bellamak Bill English on abortion law: "It seems to operate in a day-to-day way that is broadly satisfactory, and so I support the current law." What happened to a woman in Auckland recently demonstrates how current abortion law is not “broadly satisfactory”....

Evidence based and patient-focused

Finally, after 40 years, a New Zealand politician has the courage to admit what many of us have known all along: New Zealand’s abortion bureaucracy is not fit for purpose. It’s a good start. Acknowledging the problem is the first step toward solving it. But merely...

Talk v Walk

At the NCW/Zonta Annual Women’s Debate this year, abortion was a sensation. Every single candidate in the place proclaimed herself to be pro-choice. Even Nicola Willis of the National Party, who said she was pro-choice, then went on the promise she would not lift a...

The Courage of Helen Paterson

We already know how New Zealand’s abortion bureaucracy forces women to lie to get the health care they need. We have overlooked how it forces certifying consultants to lie to keep their jobs. That is, until Dr Helen Paterson came out as a pro-choice supporter. The...

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

If you have not yet read Mamari Stephens’s article in E-Tangata on welfare laws that beg to be broken, read it here. It’s excellent. One thought struck me: there are parallels between crappy welfare law (and practice) and crappy abortion law (and practice). Both...

The Morality of Coercion

‘Crisis Pregnancy Centre’ is a term of art. It means a counselling centre that advertises that it provides neutral pregnancy counselling, but anyone unwise or unlucky enough to go there soon discovers it’s a front for an anti-choice pressure group. They bait pregnant...

Women Have Free Will

I noticed something strange about Narelle Henson's opinion piece in Stuff a few days ago. She seems to blame doctors more than patients, arguing abortion be decriminalised for patients, but criminal for doctors. Of course, if you criminalise abortion for doctors, it's...