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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, March 20, 2020

New Zealand passes landmark law to decriminalise abortion

From The Guardian 

New Zealand has passed a landmark bill to decriminalise abortion after decades of campaigning.
Andrew Little, the justice minister, said it was long overdue that the procedure would become classified as a health matter and not a criminal one.
The issue was scheduled to be put to a public referendum, but the government scrapped that option late on Wednesday.
“For over 40 years, abortion has been the only medical procedure considered a crime in New Zealand. But from now abortions will be rightly treated as a health issue,” Little said in a statement.

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