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Old abortion law still holds sway

Volume 19, Issue 2

October, 2013

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Kedgley, Sue. (2013). Old abortion law still holds sway. Pacific Journalism Review, 19(2): 234-236. Review of Fighting to choose: The abortion rights struggle in New Zealand, by Alison McCulloch, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2013, 329 pp. ISBN 9780864738868.
Author(s): Sue Kedgley
Publication date: 
October, 2013

Fighting to Choose is a fascinating, meticulously researched history of the struggle to liberalise New Zealand’s abortion laws. It examines why there is still no right to have an abortion in a progressive country like New Zealand, which has a strong record of promoting women’s rights, and why it is that an unsatisfactory abortion law, that was passed 35 years ago, is still on the statute books.