Select Committee Report on the Safe Areas Bill

Select Committee Report on the Safe Areas Bill

The Health Select Committee has reported back on the Safe Areas Bill. The result is a mixed bag. The Committee has made changes to how the actions prohibited in safe areas are defined, but did not change the requirement for bespoke safe areas,...

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Why You Should Share Your Story

Information is power, and our stories are some of the most powerful tools we have in the fight for equitable access to reproductive health care. We’ve launched a new page, ‘Hold Them to Account.’ It’s a form where you can tell us about any dodgy or...

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Applying the Oakes Test to the Safe Areas Bill

Applying the Oakes Test to the Safe Areas Bill

by Terry Bellamak   The Health Select Committee heard Crown Law’s submission on the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (Safe Areas) Bill a week ago last Wednesday. To refresh your memory, Crown Law is the office that supplies the...

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Expensive Arguments and Cheap Theatre

Expensive Arguments and Cheap Theatre

by Terry Bellamak Last week I spent some time in the High Court in Wellington, observing the judicial review proceeding of the NZ Health Professionals’ Alliance v the Attorney-General. The NZHPA is a group of medical practitioners who object to...

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False Frames

False Frames

by Terry Bellamak So, I’ve been commenting on an abortion related post on Facebook. I know, I know. It’s interesting how no matter what the original post is about, anti-abortion activists (calling them ‘antis’ from here on for brevity’s sake, no...

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Flowers for Abortion Providers!

Flowers for Abortion Providers!

Once again, it’s almost time for the annual #40daysofharassment (AKA 40daysforlife). Safe areas did not make it into the abortion law reform legislation last year. So even though abortion is legal now, harassment of patients and providers...

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Dominoes + Gravity

Dominoes + Gravity

by Terry Bellamak  2020 has seen some action on the reproductive rights front. Like decriminalisation: In March New Zealand decriminalised abortion and aligned it with other health care. Argentina just passed a law decriminalising abortion up to 14...

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Hopeful Times

Hopeful Times

by Terry Bellamak 2020 was not all bad. This was the year New Zealand joined the 21st century and decriminalised abortion, making it more accessible and treating it as a part of health care. People who find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy...

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