Wellington March for Abortion Reform
Under the 1961 Crimes Act, abortion is a crime in New Zealand.
Abortion is only legal in the cases of serious danger to the life or mental health of the mother, cases of severe mental or physical handicap of the fetus, incest, or severe mental subnormality of the mother.
To obtain an abortion, pregnant people must have the approval of two certifying consultants. Hundreds of people are denied an abortion in New Zealand every year.
In February 2018, the Minister of Justice, Hon Andrew Little, asked the Law Commission to advise on what treating abortion as a health matter could look like.
In January 2019, New Zealand's human rights record was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council and judged against international human rights treaties and standards. During the review, a number of UN member states (countries) recommended that New Zealand remove abortion from the Crimes Act and address abortion as a health issue
The Law Commission’s advice was provided to the Minister on 26 October 2018, offering three alternative models. It's now half way through 2019 and still there is no bill. Still New Zealanders are having to lie about their mental health status, because it is the only way they can legally receive the safe, routine care they need.
This is a matter of fundamental human rights.
Join us as we march for our human right to body autonomy in New Zealand.
Tamatha Paul - 2019 VUWSA President
Terry Bellamak - President of ALRANZ
Dame Margaret Sparrow - Medical doctor, reproductive rights activist, and Public Health Champion 2017
Jackie Edmond - Family Planning Chief Executive
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