Tag: Abortion

Why are doctors and their medical association fighting against reproductive rights?

A group of doctors are fighting as 'conscientious objectors' on abortion, and the NZ Medical Association is in their corner. Emily Writes is not impressed.

Four different perspectives on reproductive rights

Ahead of Wednesday's March for Reproductive Rights in Wellington, four people weigh in on why they’ll be supporting the march.

The Bulletin: Pandora’s box of Parliamentary bullying

Fallout begins immediately from review into parliamentary bullying, a phenomenal piece of mental health journalism featured, and National's polling bounces back.

Separating fact from fiction on abortion law reform

Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond debunks some of the myths and misinformation around abortion law reform in New Zealand and the changes proposed by the Law Commission.

The Bulletin: Crucial moment for abortion law reform

Report puts abortion law reform back on the agenda, housing shortage likely to worsen despite Kiwibuild, and are the Taxcinda attacks on Labour fair?

Explaining the Law Commission’s alternative approaches to abortion law

Which model for abortion law trusts pregnant people?

The Bulletin: Anger rises with petrol prices

Anger rises along with petrol prices, abortion rights group claims law discriminates against women, and fury at govt's encouragement of water bottling company.

New Zealand can’t congratulate itself on International Safe Abortion Day

With abortion still in the Crimes Act and other people getting to decide whether pregnant people can terminate, we really have no reason to feel safe.

The Bulletin: Competing cannabis bills spark confusion, cynicism

A new medical cannabis bill has hit the member's ballot, abortion on the agenda on Parliament's forecourt, and justice minister Andrew Little's message to Australia.

Emily Writes: Your anti-abortion protest was silent for a reason

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes popped over to Parliament with her fellow short-haired feminist contingent to see what a silent bootie protest looks like.

Anti-abortion protestors are using ‘free speech’ as a smokescreen for harassment

Yes, anti-abortionists should have the right to protest. No, they shouldn't be allowed to bully, intimidate or harass people accessing abortion services, writes Amy Pearl.

Life after Colin: Can the rebranded Conservatives rescue the NZ right?

They might have rebranded, they want us to know they've changed. And yet the party now known as New Conservative say they have the same values as when they were just the Conservatives. Is there any chance they’ll be taken seriously?

On the Rag: Period panic and a note for Simon Bridges

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop. 

The Bulletin: Major changes proposed for high school assessment

Major changes recommended to NCEA system, new poll has bad news for almost everyone, and two significant announcements will be made today.

Ireland’s resounding Yes fills my heart with pride – and should inspire NZ to change, too

Irish New Zealander Noelle McCarthy on a landslide victory for the repeal of the amendment outlawing abortion.

How to make a submission to the Law Commission about abortion law reform

Many Spinoff Parents readers have asked how to make a submission on abortion law reform in New Zealand. We asked national president of ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa Terry Bellamak to write a guide for us.

It’s okay to be uncomfortable about abortion

With the announcement that Labour is moving towards abortion law reform, New Zealand is gearing up to talk about a topic that makes a lot of people uncomfortable. So how can we move past the discomfort towards a law that works?

My abortion wasn’t a choice

While you are reading this a mother somewhere in the country is making the heartbreaking decision to terminate a wanted pregnancy. Continuing our series of real stories of abortion, one mother shares what it's like to have a termination for medical reasons.

Abortionist: The story of Annie Aves

Black Sheep is a Radio NZ series about the shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray. Here he introduces the story of Isabel "Annie' Aves, the backstreet abortionist whose life ended in violence.

Abortion is not a crime: 16 reasons to change the law

The landslide victory for abortion legalisation in Ireland has reignited calls for abortion to be removed from the Crimes Act here. In this post first published in September 2017, long-time reproductive health campaigner Dame Margaret Sparrow gives 16 reasons the laws need to change.

Fight like a girl: A conversation with Clementine Ford

Australian feminist author Clementine Ford is in town this week for Shifting Points Of View at WORD Christchurch. Leonie Hayden talked to her about feminist parenting, the power of the Twitter thread and how to start a revolution on your own.

Surely it’s time for a grown-up conversation about abortion?

More than 13,000 abortions were performed in New Zealand last year. Despite this, abortion in this country is enshrined in the Crimes Act. Jessica Hammond Doube doesn't think it should be, and she's doing her best to do something about it.

The Pill: Women, contraception and the myth of sexual freedom in 1960s New Zealand

In 1961, the ‘Pill’ became available in New Zealand and women’s lives were changed forever. Being able to control your fertility was now a matter of choice. But not everyone was judged worthy of making that choice.

How working in an abortion clinic changed my mind about terminations

Would witnessing terminations change your view on abortion? Student midwife Lucy Kelly explains how an abortion clinic placement made her rethink her assumptions about women who end their pregnancies.

Stare-off on Dominion Rd: anti-abortion vs pro-choice at Auckland’s 40 Days for Life vigil

Is the daily anti-abortion vigil for Lent a peaceful, prayer-focused protest, or is it more intimidating than that? Alex Braae reports.

‘I love my child to the end of the world. But if I could go back and change it, I would’

Hundreds of NZ women are told every year that their request for an abortion is ‘not justified’. One woman describes the response she encountered, and why she feels betrayed by a system that continues to view women seeking termination through a lens of criminality

To the staff of Wellington Hospital’s Te Mahoe clinic: This is what you did for me when you gave me an abortion

More than 13,000 abortions were performed in New Zealand last year, yet the reasons why women have one remain largely hidden. One reason for the secrecy: the stigma of abortion, exacerbated by its inclusion in the Crimes Act, a situation PM Bill English says he has no interest in rectifying. Here one anonymous mother explains why an abortion was the right choice for her.

Four women talk about their experiences of getting an abortion in New Zealand

If you view the comments on almost any story on abortion in New Zealand you'll see assumptions being made about the process by people who haven't accessed the procedure. Sarah Batkin spoke to four women about their terminations to show the varied experiences people go through in our country.