ALRANZ has sent flowers or treats to all abortion services in New Zealand, to thank them for the fine work they do all year.

“This time of year is especially difficult for abortion care providers, because of the increased harassment during the ‘40 Days for Life’ protests,” said ALRANZ National president Terry Bellamak.

Anti-abortion organisations in New Zealand started the annual protests several years ago, imitating American anti-abortion groups.

“In past years, we were able to treat some of the bigger abortion services. But this year we got a fantastic response to our Givealittle page. We raised over $1000, which we are using to send flowers and other treats to every abortion service in New Zealand,” Bellamak continued.

“We feel very grateful to the folks who provide abortions care, and very grateful to all our supporters who have enabled us to show them all how much New Zealand appreciates the work they do.”

ALRANZ wants to reform New Zealand’s laws around abortion. Under New Zealand’s abortion laws, two certifying consultants must approve every abortion under a narrow set of grounds set out in the Crimes Act. Those grounds do not include rape, nor the most common reasons cited overseas: contraception failure and the inability to support a child.

Poll results show a majority of New Zealanders support the right to access abortion on request.