- Ladies in waiting: the timeliness of first trimester services in New Zealand - M Silva et al., Reproductive Health, 23 July 2010
- I've had an abortion - Kelly McGuinness, Salient, 10 May 2010
- Time to start fighting: why the pro-choice movement needs young people - Kerryn Baker, Salient 10 May 2010
- Reproductive rights and wrongs - Sarah Robson, Salient, 10 May 2010
- Bringing Rights to Bear: Abortion and Human Rights - Center for Reproductive Rights, 1 January 2009
- Timeline of Right to Life vs Abortion Supervisory Committee, ALRANZ 2009
- 'We don't need more form filling' - Margaret Sparrow, Letters to the Editor, Dominion Post 13 May 2009
- Abortion law appeal thrown out - Dominion Post, 13 May 2009
- Appeal court can't fix fundamentally flawed abortion law - Alison McCulloch, Dominion Post, 6 May 2009
- Health or justice? - Sarah Robson, Salient, 4 May 2009
- 'A mad abortion debate': anti-abortionists use women's wellbeing as a pretext in their fight - Margret Sparrow, Christchurch Press, March 2009
- Family Planning to apply for licence to provide early medical abortion service - Family Planning press release, 11 March 2009
- Reducing the stress of abortion - Women's Health Action supports Family Planning's move to deliver early medical abortion service, WHA Press Release, 12 March 2009
- Thirty years of safe legal abortion services, WHU June 2008
- Abortion as a human right - International and regional standards, C Zampas and J Gher, Human Rights Law Review, 8:2, 2008
- Whose rights? Whose choice? Who cares?, WHU Nov 2007
- The 1967 Abortion Act: Four reasons to fight for choice, Ellie Lee, Pro-Choice Forum, 22 October 2009
- Abortion and the law: a users guide, Grace Millar, Salient Sept 2007
- Depressed about abortion, WHW, June 2006
- Abortion pill use double in 12 months, WHW June 2006
June 2008 Women's Health Update
The current debate on the abortion law in New Zealand masks the fact that this is a law which has served women in New Zealand well for thirty years. Lynda Williams looks at its history and its current dilemmas.
On 1 April 1978 the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act came into effect in New Zealand after almost a decade of intense lobbying and protests about the lack of a safe legal abortion service for women. The legislation was passed by a National government under the leadership of Rob Muldoon on 15 December 1977 after a debate that had lasted for 21 hours and which saw the introduction of several amendments. The amendments put forward by several conservative MPs managed to defeat all the contentious clauses in the bill.... Read More
November 2007 Women's Health Update
This conference, held in London in October this year, marked the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Act which liberalised access to abortion services for women in England, Scotland and Wales. The Auckland Medical Aid Trust sponsored Dr Nesta Devine to attend and she shares her impressions of the conference.
The theme of the conference, safe abortion has relevance for domestic policies in wealthy, liberal societies like Britain and New Zealand, but also, obviously for poorer and developing countries, where abortion is not always legal. If legal, abortion is not always safe or available and for Ireland - the maverick of developed countries - abortion is legal but not performed and is beset with social and economic difficulties... Read More
June 2006 Women's Health Watch
News headlines highlighting New Zealand research pointing to a link between abortion and depression ushered in the new year.
The source was Professor Fergusson who published his analysis from the Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS) in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. While saying he "regretted" the finding, he also admitted that a number of confounding factors may be involved and his strongest conclusion is that further studies are needed on the topic. The debate and study around the links between abortion and depression have been circulating for quite some time and they continue to have varying findings. It is crucial that we maintain access to safe legal abortions for women who choose them. What we know is that when they are denied, women seek abortion in ways that put not only their sanity but their lives at risk.... Read More
June 2006 Women's Health Watch
Demand for the abortion pill in Britain has reached an all time high with 10,000 pregnant women undergoing the procedure last year. BPAS, formerly known as the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said the number of women, which it treated with early medical abortion (EMA), rose from 56 per cent to 65 per cent of its case load last year.
Use of the drug, which can legally be prescribed only within nine weeks of conception, has taken off since BPAS began offering the abortion pill in 2003. That year, 3,500 women went to the organisation for the treatment. The following year the figure rose to 5,000 and that number doubled last year.
Ann Furedi, the chief executive of BPAS, said: "Women's demand for the early medical abortion service is at an all time high. We're glad that it has been recognised that the best option for women needing abortion is earlier access.
"With EMA it's the woman having the abortion rather than the doctor doing it to them. This is what makes it attractive to women, as opposed to a surgical abortion involving a general anaesthetic."
About 77 per cent of 50,000 treatments carried out by BPAS last year were conducted on behalf of the National Health Service. The abortion pill works by blocking pregnancy hormones and making the uterus contract. The first oral dose of the drug called mifepristone is taken in a clinic. This blocks the pregnancy hormones. Two days later, the woman returns for a second drug which triggers the miscarriage. Patients are sent away after the second dose so the miscarriage takes place at home.
Great Britain.Daily Telegraph report. 29 April 2006
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