Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update: We're open for a range of services during the Level 4 lockdown. Use the Ask for an Appointment to get a phone appointment with us during this time. Please note that we will not be offering phone appointments over the Easter Weekend (10-13 April). 

We will be able to help with: emergency contraception prescriptions, contraceptive pill repeats (and some contraceptive pill starts) and abortion information.

If you are due for your depo provera jab or for your implant to be changed, we will give you a prescription for the pill until we're able to do face-to-face appointments again. 

If you have an appointment booked with us in the next month, we will be in touch with you to reschedule.

Due to infection control requirements we are unable to provide any face-to-face consultations in our clinics during the lockdown.

Schools, principals and teachers: Our Navigating the Journey sexuality education resources are available for just $25 (that's half-price) until the end of April. Our resource shop is closed for the duration of the lockdown but these e-resources are available for purchase. 

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Common sense and fact must underpin debate

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Media Release

We say New Zealanders deserve a common sense, rational and medically informed conversation about abortion law reform.

“As this debate unfolds here, we must take care to ensure that the nonsense rhetoric coming from places like Alabama isn’t allowed to inform the conversation we’re having here,” our chief executive Jackie Edmond says.

“The report produced by the Law Commission was a rigorous piece of work and should give New Zealanders confidence that experts in women’s health and in the law were unanimous that managing abortion under the criminal code is not good law and certainly isn’t good health care.”

Abortion care is part of reproductive health care – estimates are that around 1 in 4 women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Putting abortion care within a health framework, managed like any other health service, puts the woman at the centre of the decision-making.

Fact check:

Claims were made this week that the proposed law change was to extend the age limit for terminations from 20 to 40 weeks. This is completely untrue.

The Law Commission gave the Government three potential models of care.

  •  Under Model A there would be no statutory test that must be satisfied before an abortion could be performed. The decision whether to have an abortion would be made by the woman concerned in consultation with her health practitioner.
  • Under Model B there would be a statutory test. The health practitioner who intends to perform an abortion would need to be satisfied that the abortion is appropriate in the circumstances, having regard to the woman’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Under Model C, there would be no statutory test until 22 weeks of a pregnancy. After 22 weeks, the health practitioner who intends to perform an abortion would need to be satisfied that the abortion is appropriate in the circumstances, having regard to the woman’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.

 

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