Law Commission seeks public input on abortion law

Publication Date 
04 April 2018

The Law Commission is inviting public input on how New Zealand’s abortion laws could be made consistent with treating abortion as a health issue.

On 27 February 2018 the Minister of Justice, Hon Andrew Little, advised that the Government is considering how best to ensure New Zealand’s abortion laws are consistent with treating abortion as a health issue.

The Minister asked the Commission to provide him with a briefing on what alternative approaches could be taken in our legal framework to align with a health approach.

The Commission has created a website that explains the current law and the process for receiving abortion services. The Commission is inviting feedback from the public through the website or by email.

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"We want to hear what people think about how New Zealand's abortion laws could be made more health-centred," says Law Commissioner Belinda Clark.

The Commission will be seeking public input until 18 May 2018.

It will provide its advice to the Minister in October 2018.​