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Ngaro goes negative

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, October 10th, 2020 - 43 comments

National list MP Alfred Ngaro has shown that National’s message discipline has broken down completely by going negative and making some outlandish claims against Labour’s Phil Twyford.

Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Government: Style over substance or a guiding light for progressive politics?

Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, August 10th, 2020 - 33 comments

Critics have dismissed the Jacinda Ardern government as being one of style over substance. This is unfair given the challenges this government has faced and the policy achievements it has had. However, it is a government that has much work to do if it wins a second term. And its over-reliance on Jacinda as party leader is a huge strategic risk, especially when the governments front bench is perceived, rightly or wrongly, to be lightweight.

What if Trump wins again?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 29th, 2019 - 124 comments

We may as well prepare ourselves for Trump overperforming his popularity again and winning. We’ve had to deal with left’s retreat in most of the world in 2019. So let’s prepare and plot some likely accelerated changes in Trump’s second term.

What is up with NZ First?

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, August 9th, 2019 - 105 comments

New Zealand First’s late decision to promote a referendum concerning abortion has caught everyone including its spokesperson Tracy Martin by surprise and is the latest example of last minute changes of position.

Run Brian Run

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, May 23rd, 2019 - 103 comments

Brian Tamaki, recent victim of self/God?-inflicted burns. Don't be like Brian.

Brian Tamaki is set to announce the launch of a new political party today.

Will the Christian Conservatives rise again?

Written By: - Date published: 11:07 am, May 20th, 2019 - 78 comments

Simon Bridges has conceded that his claim that talk about Alfred Ngaro setting up a conservative party was “rumour and speculation” was not actually true.  And Ngaro has gone on the offensive describing abortion as an unholy holocaust.

The right wing media’s infatuation with breeding

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, July 3rd, 2018 - 99 comments

Elements in the media clearly think that the payment of a modest amount to families with young babies will cause them to breed babies for a business.

Bridges copies Bill Clinton on abortion

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, May 28th, 2018 - 51 comments

Simon Bridges has appropriated phrasing used by Bill Clinton in describing his position on abortion but made his personal view even more restrictive.

Autonomy.

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, May 27th, 2018 - 29 comments

So women in ‘half’ of an island have bodily autonomy.

ALRANZ: 16 reasons to change the abortion law

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 am, February 18th, 2018 - 23 comments

Labour are intending to change NZ’s abortion laws. ALRANZ has 16 good reasons why that’s important (and overview of the current laws).

Labour to reform abortion law

Written By: - Date published: 6:36 am, February 17th, 2018 - 328 comments

Justice Minister Andrew Little has given the go ahead to change NZ’s archaic abortion legislation.

Take abortion out of the Crimes Act

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, December 14th, 2017 - 68 comments

Abortion is still a crime in NZ. It’s time to change the law so that women don’t have to lie about their mental health to get the health care they need.

Guest Post: The Spectre of the Bloody Fetus Placard

Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, September 11th, 2017 - 2 comments

Reprinted with permission from Julia Schiller’s blog Enough is Enough.  Julia analyses Abortion politics in New Zealand and details a recent interaction she had with National MP Simon O’Connor.

The Catholic Church is urging its parishoners to vote

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, July 21st, 2017 - 29 comments

The catholic bishops of Aotearoa have released a pamphlet urging parishoners to vote. And apart from conservative positions on euthenasia and drug liberalisation the policies they support have a decidedly progressive bent.

As politicians go…(II)

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, November 18th, 2016 - 7 comments

Two paths. One choice.

David Farrar gets it wrong on abortion law in NZ

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, October 3rd, 2014 - 43 comments

David Farrar is wrong. We don’t have abortion on request in New Zealand. Not literally, and not “effectively.”

NRT: The Greens support abortion

Written By: - Date published: 12:19 pm, June 6th, 2014 - 216 comments

Removing our absurd thirty-year-old abortion law, which effectively requires women to declare themselves mentally ill to access a basic medical procedure is great. But it also addresses availability, requiring medical professionals who object to abortion to provide an effective referral, and ensuring that women don’t have to travel hundreds of kilometres for a basic medical procedure.

Badass prochoice hero of the day: Wendy Davis

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 pm, June 26th, 2013 - 18 comments

Today in Texas, a small victory was won for reproductive rights, thanks to this kickass senator.

Review: Fighting to Choose by Alison McCulloch

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 pm, May 8th, 2013 - 61 comments

Abortion has a long and dramatic history in NZ, but it’s not a history we talk about, or remember.  And remembering that history is vital to our continuing push for reproductive rights today.  That’s where Alison McCulloch comes in, with a new, brilliant, history of the struggle so far.

The price of National’s politicking

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, July 1st, 2012 - 81 comments

In a desperate effort to hang on to a few red-neck votes, National keeps on ramping up rhetoric against solo mums. There was talk of compulsory contraception or sterilisation. National played up those ideas, even though it hasn’t followed through. Is it any surprise, then, that poor mums, who don’t follow the news closely, just hear the rumours, are being scared into abortions?

ImperatorFish: Uncle Ernie: Hidden In Plain Sight

Written By: - Date published: 3:07 pm, December 16th, 2011 - 53 comments

Scott at Imperator Fish has kindly given us permission to syndicate posts from his blog – the original of this post is here

Garth George: Social Engineering is wrong unless it’s my social engineering. Those Greens are sinister and dangerous…

Abortion debate the silver bullet Labour needs -not!

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, July 20th, 2010 - 82 comments

I was talking to an old friend last night.  She’s been a Labour voter/supporter/activist nearly all her adult life.  She lives in Rotorua.  She said she might have to vote Green next year because she doesn’t think she’ll be able to support Steve Chadwick and her proposed new law to legalise abortion on request for […]

Pro-choice responses to Chadwick’s Abortion Bill

Written By: - Date published: 9:47 pm, July 5th, 2010 - 157 comments

Been a bit disappointed that there hasn’t been a post up here yet on the news out on Saturday that Steve Chadwick is seeking support for a Member’s Bill to make abortion truly on demand in NZ, to 24 weeks.  Then I remembered that I still have posting rights from doing the 2008 General Election […]

Mass layoffs, layoff the boys.

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, December 22nd, 2009 - 6 comments

There are always consequences to the type of mass unemployment that we’re starting to see in NZ at present. However there looks like being an unexpected one. Spontaneous abortion of male fetuses as a response to mass layoffs. The Economist science section has an article “Girls on top” that discusses this. According to Ralph Catalano […]

Still too far

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, August 12th, 2009 - 45 comments

Farrar has come back with a defence of his icky and outragous ‘satire’ post that proports to be a Green press statement announcing a policy of complusory mass abortions to fight climate change. If people are seriously going to propose policies such as reducing the national dairy herd by 20%, then they should expect a […]

The dark side of the Right

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, June 13th, 2008 - 118 comments

Trotter is on the money today: …[A]ll of you young, confident women of the 21st century urgently need to pause and reflect upon what is happening especially all you young, confident women thinking of voting for the National Party. Why? Because behind National, hidden by all those glossy placards depicting the handsome John Key, marches […]

If you’re against abortion then kindly don’t have one

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, June 11th, 2008 - 163 comments

Today we’re proud to present a guest post from Julie Fairey, often found posting at The Hand Mirror: I’m trying to see the High Court decision regarding our abortion laws as an opportunity. It could be a chance to change the law to reflect the generally accepted practice in our society and make abortion more […]

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