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 live blogging, and that lprent said I was welcome back anytime, so…
At the blog I live at, The Hand Mirror, we will be writing a lot about this topic over the coming months, as we have in the past, particularly from Maia who has a massive breadth and depth of knowledge about abortion law reform in Aotearoa NZ’s history.
The current law does not provide abortion on demand, although many like to paint it that way. It requires any woman seeking an abortion to get the permission of two certifying consultants before she can go ahead. Permission is largely based on the grounds that the consultants agree continuing the pregnancy is a threat to the woman’s health (mental and/or physical). The current law therefore does not allow women the right to choose, as they are reliant on the sign-off of two other people, and severely fetters access even further by determining that she must need the abortion for certain reasons. That is not what a pro-choice abortion law would look like. And it’s been that way for over 30 years.
The Abortion Law Reform Association of NZ (ALRANZ) has some great backgrounders and should be your first port of call if you are looking for info on the history of it all, while the Abortion Services website is a very straight-up guide to the what, how and where of terminations in Aotearoa.
The posts below are all pro-choice, imho. I am pro-choice and I believe strongly that that is the progressive and left-wing approach – to respect a woman’s right to choose what happens to her body. I wrote about that at more length here awhile back, when abortion law reform was last heavily in the media and I was approached by the estimable Standardistas for a guest post. I’m hoping regular writers here will be keen to write awesome pro-choice stuff as the debate continues over coming months.
So here goes with the round-up (grouped by blog):
The Hand Mirror
Deborah outlines Chadwick’s proposal and some ways to let MPs know you support it
Maia on the lies told about abortion law reform and why Chadwick’s bill must not be overcome by the icky response. Cross-posted at Capitalism Bad; Tree Pretty too.
In A Strange Land
Deborah considers the privilege of being able to not think about abortion.
No Right Turn
Idiot Savant thinks the people and the Parliament will pick choice if it ends up going to a vote.
Letters from Wetville
Sandra contributes a very thoughtful post looking at the issue through the prisms of grace and agency.
Queen of Thorns has a characteristically muscular post and brings the snark big time.
David Farrar reckons we have abortion on demand now, by default, and should therefore change the law to reflect that. (He may be wrong about the first bit, but he’s right about the second!)
Hopefully there will be more to come!
PS Hope this doesn’t get too trolly for your modding lprent!