Posts Tagged ‘prochoice’

Couple in Bougainville jailed after abortion

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Leoba Devana is serving time in the jail on Buka Island, part of Papua New Guinea’s Autonomous Region of Bougainville after having an abortion. She was charged and convicted – erroneously, in the eyes of a coalition of senior medical, legal and human rights advocates in Port Moresby who have taken up her case – Read more

Website names doctors opposed to contraception

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

A website aimed at sharing information about doctors and other medical professionals who oppose contraception and abortion for moral or religious reasons was launched last week. It is is called My Decision/Kei a au te Whakataunga ( It is owned by  the Abortion Law Reform Association of NZ. Last year ALRANZ condemned a group of Southland Read more

Couple defy midwife’s abortion advice after scan

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Marinda Brits and Norman Holleman would not have their miracle baby if they’d followed a midwife’s advice to have an abortion. The Auckland residents got devastating news in November when Brits was 21 weeks pregnant. A scan showed low amniotic fluid levels surrounding the baby boy and they were told he was dying and they’d Read more

An issue that won’t go away

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Abortion will always be divisive, as it’s highly unlikely that the polarised groups will ever agree. But what many do agree on is the need to keep talking about an issue that just won’t go away. A drunken night out, sex with an ex. It’s not an unusual story. But a few weeks later, Katherine (whose name Read more

TV anti-abortion ads ruled OK

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Complaints about a television campaign by an anti-abortion group have been dismissed, despite ones about a print advertisment from the same group being upheld. A series of television advertisements by Voice for Life featured a young woman, Ariana, who had an abortion at 15. In the advertisements, which aired on TVNZ, Ariana discussed the effects Read more

It’s a short step to abortion after birth

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Could infanticide become legal here in New Zealand? The state of Victoria gives us a clue. A coalition of feminist groups, politicians and leading doctors campaigned for the decriminalisation of the state’s abortion law. The Abortion Law Reform Act was passed by the state Parliament in October 2008. Two medical ethicists have put the case for Read more

Call for research into the impact of abortion in Pacific countries.

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

An Australian acadamic is calling for more research into the impact of abortion in Pacific countries. Joanna Spratt is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy. She says governments need to start looking at reforming highly-restrictive legislation. Ms Spratt hopes the Pacific will make progress towards decriminalization and providing Read more

Anti abortion float not welcome at Blossom Festival

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

An anti abortion float containing a two metre model of a foetus has been banned from participating in Alexandra’s Blossom Festival parade. Festival organisers have deemed the float too offensive to appear in the 57th annual procession through the Central Otago, New Zealand town on Saturday. Bruce Lietze says he had been working on the Read more

Bay of Plenty Pro-Life Trust promises help for pregnant women

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

An advertisement  in the Bay of Plenty Times in Friday 2 August  and a lists 25 local ministers of religion who promise pregnant women that they will do all they can to “bring a healthier solution for you and life to your precious child.” The advertisment was placed by the Voice for Life Bay of Plenty Charitable Trust. Read more

Doctor suspended over illegal use of abortion drug

Friday, July 26th, 2013

A doctor with name suppression has been suspended for six months and ordered to pay legal costs of $29,000 for illegally prescribing a drug that can induce labour. She has also been banned from prescribing or supplying misoprostol for three years after resuming practice – an order that can be signed off only by the health Read more