In 1970, the anti-abortion campaign became organised in New Zealand.
The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) was launched at a public meeting in Auckland in March 1970, with high profile medical professional Professor (later Sir) William Liley as the first National President.
This campaign provoked a strong reaction, with some people questioning the veracity of SPUC’s claims about the medical consequences of abortion, and the experience of overseas countries with liberal laws. They also saw clearly the suffering of unhappily pregnant women seeking abortion.
They considered that children needed to be born to mothers who wanted them. This contrasted starkly with public meetings organised by SPUC, which focused on the foetus, and the high profile work of Liley on fetal transfusions.
As a response to the SPUC campaign, a group of approximately 60 concerned individuals met in Auckland on 4 August 1970. They formed ALRANZ under the chairmanship of Mr Wayne Facer, an Auckland University administrator, who became the first research officer for ALRANZ. The meeting decided to form a steering committee, charged with drafting aims and objectives.
The steering committee reported back to a meeting held in the Unitarian Church, Ponsonby Road on 15 September 1970. At that meeting ALRANZ endorsed the draft aims, and a constitution was prepared to establish ALRANZ as an incorporated society.
See the timeline of events from the history of abortion law reform in New Zealand here.
Our Interim President
Dr Tracy Morison
ALRANZ Interim President
Dr Tracy Morison took over from Terry Bellamak, in November of 2021, intending to serve as interim president until ALRANZ’s next AGM.
Tracy is a tauiwi academic who currently works as a senior lecturer in psychology, teaching, supervising, and researching in the broad areas of health psychology, critical psychology, and feminism.
Prior to this, she worked as a senior researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. Over her 14-year research career, she has researched and published on a range of issues in sexual and reproductive health, gender, and sexuality, such as reproductive decision-making, including contraception and abortion; sexual violence prevention; health and social policy; and health service access for marginalised groups. Her work takes a strong social justice perspective and she is committed to extending research findings beyond academic spaces, whether through policy work, making knowledge more accessible or application in ‘real world’ settings.
Tracy is also an Honorary Research Associate of the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction programme atRhodes University (South Africa) where she obtained her PhD in 2010, an editor of Feminism & Psychologyinternational journal, and an executive member of the International Society for Critical Health Psychology.