New Zealand to Decriminalize Abortion

A new law in New Zealand will decriminalize abortion. Women will now be able to receive an abortion up to 20 weeks of pregnancy, a complete overhaul of the current law.

Previously, women were only allowed legal abortions with the approval of two doctors who would determine whether or not continuing the pregnancy would be physically or mentally harmful.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern campaigned on the promise of decriminalizing abortions and this new law does just that. Justice Minister Andrew Little said of the new law, “it is time for this change. Safe abortion should be treated and regulated as a health issue. A woman has the right to choose what happens to her body.”

The Realist Woman’s take:

I’ve said it before in a previous post but New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardren is a true leader. I don’t know of one politician whose every move and policy idea was perfect but this is not the first time Arden has come through as a true leader. 

After a devastating mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand this past year, she vowed to ban guns and pushed through policy to make it happen. It took one shooting to end that madness. The madness that has become so routine in the United States, that we have almost become nauseatingly immune to it. She did what hundreds of politicians in the United States refuses to do, even though mass shootings have become an epidemic. 

The U.S. is moving backward on issues regarding race, the environment, worker's rights and a woman's right to choose, while countries like New Zealand, South Korea, and Ireland make progressive moves towards abortion rights.