Gender test spurs abortion fears

NZ Herald Jun 08, 2009 A new test to reveal the gender of a fetus in early pregnancy has sparked a row over whether it will lead to sex-selection abortions. The American-designed IntelliGender test kit, which can be used from eight weeks after conception, went on sale in Australia last month. Its Australian distributor hopes to launch it in New … Read More

Abortion: all agree the law is an ass

NZ Herald May 23, 2009  There were 18,380 abortions in New Zealand in 2007. The rate (20.1 abortions per 1000 women in the 15-44 age group) is high compared to other countries, putting us on a par with Australia, the United States and Sweden. Unlike those countries, we have what has been described as “one of the most restrictive pieces … Read More

Ruling on scan offer before abortions

Dominion Post 7 May 2009 Women should be offered the opportunity to view the ultrasound scan of their baby before they decide to abort it, the Health and Disability Commissioner says. Anti-abortion group Right to Life complained to the commissioner after finding four district health boards Auckland, Waikato, Wairarapa and Canterbury did not offer women the chance to view the … Read More

Abortion pill plan

The Press 11 March 2009 South Island women could soon be able to get an abortion without going to hospital or an abortion clinic. Family Planning yesterday announced it had applied to the Abortion Supervisory Committee for a licence to dispense abortion pills. The Family First lobby group said it was concerned about the conflict of interest in clinics that … Read More

More US states consider mandating ultrasounds before abortions

USA Today.com 13 February 2009 Abortion foes have a new tactic: The hope that women can’t look away. Lawmakers in 11 states are considering bills that would offer or require ultrasounds before a woman gets an abortion. The most stringent are proposed laws in Nebraska, Indiana and Texas, which would require a doctor show the ultrasound image of the fetus … Read More

More nurses opting out of abortion ops

NZ Herald Feb 04, 2009 The Auckland District Health Board has had “critical” difficulties in providing surgical abortions to women in mid-pregnancy because of an increase in nurses refusing to perform the work. The board provides surgical abortions for women who are 13 to 18 weeks pregnant from throughout the Auckland region, plus some from other areas. It also provides … Read More

Having more than two children is ‘irresponsible’ – Greens (UK)

Mail Online (UK) 1st February 2009 Couples who have more than two children are putting an ‘irresponsible’ burden on the environment, the Government’s leading green advisor has warned. Jonathon Porritt called on ministers to divert money away from curing illnesses towards contraception and abortion services to limit the country’s population and help in the fight against global warming. And he … Read More

Free morning-after pill advert under fire

The Dominion Post 13 January 2009 A radio campaign for free handouts of the morning-after pill is giving teens an excuse for unprotected sex and putting them at risk of sexually transmitted infections, critics say. Auckland District Health Board began a $300,000 trial in October offering the emergency contraceptive pill free at pharmacies in a bid to cut the teen … Read More

Drug risk after pregnancy loss – abortion or miscarriage

Herald Sun (Aust) December 22, 2008 YOUNG women who have had an abortion or miscarriage are significantly more likely to use illegal drugs and have a history of alcohol dependence, a study has found. University of Queensland researchers surveyed more than 1200 women born between 1981 and 1984 about their pregnancies and substance abuse histories at age 21. They found 280 … Read More

Doctors get $5m to okay abortions

The Dominion Post 17 December 2008 Doctors who approved abortions were paid more than $5 million in the year to June an increase of $1.5 million or more than 30 per cent in four years. The Abortion Supervisory Committee’s annual report says there were 18,382 abortions in 2007, 448 more than in 2006. Every abortion must be approved by two … Read More