Story: Abortion

Challenging the Abortion Supervisory Committee

In 2005 Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, challenged the Abortion Supervisory Committee in the High Court. Right to Life argued that certifying consultants were allowing too many women to get abortions on mental health grounds, and that many women were coerced into having abortions. Women’s response to the Right to Life position was mixed. Some were firmly in support, others equally strongly opposed, arguing that access to a safe abortion was a woman’s right. In 2011 the Court of Appeal ruled that the Abortion Supervisory Committee could not review certifying consultants' decisions (Right to Life had argued it should), and that there was no foetal right to life.

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Megan Cook, 'Abortion - Abortion: 1990s to 21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

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