MEDIA RELEASES

ALRANZ Welcomes Promise of Law Reform Under Labour

ALRANZ welcomes the announcement this afternoon of a Labour-led coalition forming the next government. During the campaign, Labour leader, now Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern pledged to decriminalise abortion in New Zealand, saying pregnant people should have...

Waitemata DHB Refuses Second Woman’s Abortion

The NZ Herald has revealed the Waitemata DHB refused another pregnant woman an abortion at 18 weeks, suggesting she travel to Australia for an abortion at her own expense instead. This is the second time the Waitemata DHB has refused an abortion without allowing the...

Pro-choice Certifying Consultant Keeps Her Job

The Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) has decided Dr Helen Paterson can keep her appointment as a certifying consultant in spite of her pro-choice views on abortion. In July, Dr Paterson informed the ASC she believed abortion should be a matter between a woman and...

Waitemata DHB Denies Woman Abortion

The Wireless has revealed an Auckland woman says a North Shore hospital counselor prevented her from accessing abortion by refusing to refer her to see certifying consultants. The woman was 18 weeks pregnant. She said she was so traumatised she considered suicide....

Labour Party Supports Decriminalisation of Abortion

Labour Party Leader Jacinda Ardern called for the decriminalisation of abortion in the second leaders’ debate of the 2017 election season. When debate moderator Paddy Gower asked if Ardern would take abortion out of the Crimes Act, she answered unequivocally, “Yes.”...

Prime Minister Acknowledges Most Kiwis Support Abortion Access

Prime Minister Bill English acknowledged that most New Zealanders support the right to access abortion at a Family First event on Friday. "Most people have a different view than I do about abortion. That's not just reflected in the law, but sort of the practice of...

Certifying Consultant Comes Out in Support of Abortion Rights

A certifying consultant, Dr Helen Paterson, has told the Abortion Supervisory Committee she now supports abortion rights, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand says. Dr Paterson’s disclosure challenges s 30(5) of the Contraception, Sterilisation, and...

Abortion Rate Decreases, and We Still Need Law Reform

The continued fall in the number of abortions in New Zealand does not change the need for law reform, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand says. Statistics New Zealand reports 12,823 induced abortions were performed in 2016, compared with 13,155 in 2015....

Prime Minister’s Ignorance on Abortion Law Shows Need for Reform

ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa MEDIA RELEASE 13 March 2017   PRIME MINISTER'S IGNORANCE ON ABORTION LAW SHOWS NEED FOR REFORM The Prime Minister's support for New Zealand's outdated abortion laws is deeply disappointing and shows how badly reform is needed,...