Story: Abortion

Safe legal abortion badge (1st of 3)

Safe legal abortion badge

The safety of abortion was an important issue for those who opposed and those who supported women’s access to it. Hospitalisation after an illegal abortion was common and, although the death rate had dropped considerably, there were still two or three women dying each year in the 1960s. This badge was produced by the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) in 1973.

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Megan Cook, 'Abortion - Opposition and support from the 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 August 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Nov 2018