There’s so much pressure on women to be amazing all-rounders – the working mother of countless TV commercials who has the energy to cook, clean, and bake, all the while balance a fulltime job – you’d think that with that pressure might come the assumption we’re capable of making decisions about our own bodies and our own fertility.
You’d be wrong. In New Zealand 2015, women are still not trusted to make the choice of whether you can access an abortion or not.
In fact, abortion is still in the Crimes Act. This means that it’s illegal to get an abortion unless it’s organised in a certain way that meets the criteria of the law. A woman has to go through their GP, who will then refer them to two certifying consultants, and it is these certifying consultants who determine whether you fit the criteria for an abortion. This process can be straightforward – if you’re lucky. If you’re not, it can be complicated, expensive, and humiliating.
The perception among many women is that the process for getting an abortion is straightforward – but it’s not. This is something a close friend of mine found out recently when she found out she needed to have an abortion. She found this very process harrowing, painstakingly uncertain, and totally diminished her sense of control over her own life. [Read more…]