About Abortion in Aotearoa Web Series
Project 2017-02-23 16:58:55 +1300
Abortion in Aotearoa
Abortion law in Aotearoa New Zealand is outdated, complicated, and in violation of international best practice, yet most people have no idea.
A recent poll conducted by Curia found that a majority of New Zealanders support the right to choose.
One in four women will have an abortion in their lifetime, yet the procedure is still heavily stigmatised in our society.
Unfortunately, our laws do not reflect that reality. Abortion is in the Crimes Act and women have to get permission from two separate certifying consultants before undergoing an abortion. Outside of major cities, this can mean spending time and money to travel hours in different directions before even undergoing the procedure. The only permissible grounds are:
- Serious danger to the life or to the physical or mental health of the mother
- Risk that the child would be severely handicapped, physically or mentally
- Pregnancy as a result of incest or unlawful sex with a guardian
- Severe mental subnormality of the mother (the law's words, not ours!)
Rape may be a considering factor, but is not grounds for seeking an abortion.
Ninety-nine percent of abortions are carried out on mental health grounds, which further stigmatises those who choose abortion as well as those seeking treatment under our woefully-inadequate mental health care system. More than 250 people were told their reasons for seeking abortion were 'not justified' last year.
That's right, here in New Zealand. We brag about being the first to 'give' women the vote and our not-the-worst gender pay gap, but we are falling behind. New Zealand's abortion laws are ranked in the second-most restrictive category by the Centre for Reproductive Rights, placing us in the bottom 20% of OECD members.
Abortion access around the world is under threat. The United States has reinstated the Global Gag Rule preventing organisations that take American funding from even mentioning abortion, even in countries where it is legal. The United States provides nearly half of global funding for contraceptive services, a shortfall that will be nearly impossible for other donors to replace. When the policy was last in place (2001-2009), a study found that the abortion rate increased by 40%. Criminalising or restricting access to abortion does not reduce the number of abortions, just the number of safe abortions. The World Health Organisation estimates that deaths from unsafe abortion account for 13% of maternal deaths.
Who We Are
ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa was founded in 1971 to advocate for reform of New Zealand's abortion laws. We are a volunteer-run organisation dedicated to educating the public on abortion and advocating for reform to our laws.
What We're Doing
In the face of global attacks on sexual and reproductive rights and an election year at home, we are crowdfunding to educate the public about the current state of abortion in New Zealand. We want to produce a five-episode web series about abortion in Aotearoa - accessing abortion, history and the law, global norms, myths and realities, and the way forward.
We believe in paying fair wages for work and are in discussions with several prospective filmmakers. We need $12,000 to cover the cost of writing, animating, and editing the web series. Any funds raised above the target will go towards additional advocacy and campaigning during the election.
If you want to help produce the series, can donate rewards, or have other ideas to help make this happen, get in touch - we'd love to chat.
The People Behind Abortion in Aotearoa Web Series
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Rory Stewart2017-03-25 11:24:00 +1300
Rory Stewart has pledged on 1 campaign
Sandi Ward2017-03-23 21:39:11 +1300
Sandi Ward has pledged on 1 campaign
“A woman's body, a woman's right to choose. Autonomy is a human right. ”
Emma Vitz2017-03-23 19:53:57 +1300
Emma Vitz has pledged on 1 campaign
Anonymous pledger2017-03-23 19:42:18 +1300
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Angeline Walker2017-03-23 17:40:04 +1300
Angeline Walker has pledged on 1 campaign
“NZ needs an abortion law reform. Women should have autonomous control over their bodies, nothing more nothing less. ”
Sarah Baird2017-03-23 16:47:30 +1300
Sarah Baird has pledged on 1 campaign
“The amount of people who think abortion is easily accessible in NZ is scary”
Claire Orchard2017-03-23 15:31:18 +1300
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IdiotSavant2017-03-23 14:38:55 +1300
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Amanda Fitzwater2017-03-23 14:34:22 +1300
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Rod Thomson2017-03-23 12:34:05 +1300
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Yotam Kay2017-03-21 23:13:26 +1300
Yotam Kay has pledged on 6 campaigns
Julie Fairey2017-03-21 14:09:59 +1300
Julie Fairey has pledged on 8 campaigns
“Love this idea, thanks heaps for doing this!”