Governments of countries that have ratified CEDAW are obliged to submit periodic reports to the CEDAW monitoring committee, outlining their progress in meeting their obligations under the convention.
Te Whāriki Takapou, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ), and Family Planning New Zealand submitted a combined report for the Committee’s 70th session in July 2018 at which the New Zealand Government will be presenting its most recent report.
In 2018, the Law Commission sought input from the public and appropriate health professionals into the Government’s intention to propose a policy shift to treat abortion as a health issue. The Minister of Justice had asked the Commission to provide advice on what alternative approaches could be taken in the legal framework to align with a health approach.
This is our submission into the public input process.