March to Par­lia­ment de­mands law re­form

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Hun­dreds of protesters marched to Par­lia­ment in Welling­ton to de­mand the de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of abor­tion. Abor­tion, while avail­able un­der cer­tain cir­cum­stances, is an of­fence un­der the Crimes Act. Co-or­gan­iser and ALRANZ (Abor­tion Law Re­form As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand) pres­i­dent Terry Bel­la­mak said the law dis­crim­i­nated against women and preg­nant peo­ple by ‘‘forc­ing’’ them to seek ap­proval of two cer­ti­fy­ing con­sul­tants, then hav­ing to ‘‘lie’’ about men­tal health sta­tus in or­der to qual­ify for the pro­ce­dure. ‘‘Af­ter 40 years, it’s long past time for re­form.’’ A counter protest, the ‘‘march for life’’ is sched­uled for to­mor­row. It has been or­gan­ised by five or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing Fam­ily First, Voice for Life and March for Life NZ.

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