Undoubtedly, the proposed law will be better than the 1977 legislation it replaces. Yet surely, you’d hope there would be progress, 42 years down the track.
As many observers have noted, New Zealand has a very conservative abortion law in place that has always been interpreted liberally in practice…
The 1977 legislation is a conservative law on the books that has been interpreted liberally in practice.
New Zealanders support greater availability of abortion than the current law allows.
Why is access to abortion under such fierce attack in the United States?
An excerpt from Alison McCulloch’s new book about the battle for abortion rights in New Zealand