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...

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...