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*Rev. [[Don Glenny]], Methodist Minister, Auckland
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*Mr [[Frank H. Haigh]], Barrister & Solicitor, Auckland
*Mr [[Frank Haigh]], Barrister & Solicitor, Auckland
*Sir [[Edmund Hillary]], Mountaineer, Auckland
*Sir [[Edmund Hillary]], Mountaineer, Auckland
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*[[Nancy Sutherland]], City Councillor, Christchurch  
*[[Nancy Sutherland]], City Councillor, Christchurch

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The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand was formed in 1971. It lobbies for the decriminalisation of abortion in New Zealand including allowing partial birth abortion.[1]


The mission of the organisation is:

"To secure a woman's right to choose through the decriminalization of abortion."[2]

Extreme Pro-Abortion Position

On 13 July, 2010, ALRANZ linked to a pro-abortion poster entitled "How to Think About the Fetus". ALRANZ described the poster as "a great resource".[3] The "In a Nutshell" section of the poster makes the following statements:[4]

"The only opinion that counts is that of the pregnant woman. A fetus becomes a person when the woman carrying it decides it does... There can never be a social consensus on what the value of the fetus, because it’s subjective. It’s a matter of personal opinion... Women have the right to abortion even if the fetus is a legal person with rights, because a pregnant woman has the right to defend her life and health with an abortion. It doesn’t matter when life begins or what the fetus is – women need abortions anyway. Women decide to have abortions because they want to be responsible mothers, not based on what the fetus is."

The poster also states,

"Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what the fetus is, how valuable we think it is, or whether it has any rights."

That ALRANZ would endorse this poster is a strong indication that they will continue advocating for legal abortion even if they are convinced that the unborn child is a person with the right to life.


The following have served on the staff of ALRANZ:

Advisory Council

As at 1975, the following served on the Advisory Council for ALRANZ:[10]

  • Dr. Ross Blue, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Auckland
  • Dr. D. P. Boshier, Associate Professor Reproductive Biology, University of Auckland
  • Prof. R. B. Elliott, Head of Dept Paediatrics, University of Auckland
  • Dr. J. P. B. Fitzgerald, O&G Dept, University of Otago
  • Rev. Prof. Lloyd Geering, Professor of Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Prof. R. A. M. Gregson, Professor of Psychology, University of Canterbury
  • Dr. V. J. Hartfield, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Wanganui Hospital
  • Prof. J. I. Hubbard, Professor of Neurophysiology, University of Otago
  • Prof. B. James, Chairman Dept Psychological Medicine, University of Otago
  • Prof. J.R. McCreary, Professor of Social Work, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Dr. R. D. MacDiarmid, General Practitioner, Dunedin
  • Rev Dr. F. W. R. Nichol, Professor of Theology, Knox College, Dunedin
  • Prof. J. E. Ritchie, Professor of Psychology, University of Waikato
  • Prof. J. L. Roberts, Professor School of Political Science, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Prof. J. L. Ryan, Dean of Faculty of Law, University of Canterbury
  • Prof. H. H. Schaefer, Professor of Psychology, University of Auckland
  • Prof. J. D. Sinclair, Professor Dept of Physiology, University of Auckland
  • Prof. A. J. W. Taylor, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Prof. A. M. O. Veale, Professor of Human Genetics, University of Auckland
  • Prof. Peter Webb, Professor School of Law, University of Auckland
  • Prof. John Scott Werry, Professor Dept of Psychiatry, University of Auckland

Vice Presidents

As at 1975, the following served as vice presidents for ALRANZ:[10]

  • Dr. Muriel Blackburn, Child Psychiatrist, Auckland
  • Dr. DWC Dove, Family Physician, Auckland
  • Dr. AJ Fitchett, General Pratitioner, Dunedin
  • Rev. Don Glenny, Methodist Minister, Auckland
  • Dr. BB Grimmond, Dept of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin
  • Mr Frank Haigh, Barrister & Solicitor, Auckland
  • Sir Edmund Hillary, Mountaineer, Auckland
  • Rev. R Lane, Presbyterian Minister, Hamilton
  • John A. Lee, Author, Auckland
  • Dr. EB Lind, Psychiatrist, Ashburn Hall, Dunedin
  • Dr. B Mann, Teacher, Christchurch
  • Dr. TD Medlicott, General Practitioner, Dunedin
  • Dr. RC Muir, Psychiatrist, Wakari Hospital, Dunedin
  • Sir Dove-Meyer Robinson, Mayor, Auckland
  • Prof. PA Smithells, Professor School of Physical Education, University of Otago
  • Isabel Stanton, Social worker, Auckland
  • Nancy Sutherland, City Councillor, Christchurch


Jointly Convened Workshop with WONAAC

In 1975 the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand and the more radical pro-abortion group, the Woman's National Abortion Action Campaign jointly convened the workshop entitled ‘Abortion as a woman’s choice’ with Jan Clark and Jacqueline McCluggage as co-convenors.[12]

Allow Abortion for Foetal Anomoly

ALRANZ is campaigning to decriminalise the killing of pre-born children on grounds of foetal abnormality:[1]

"ALRANZ has for many years protested at the anomaly of our legislation that the grounds for abortions after 20 weeks do not include fetal abnormality. This significant anomaly could be easily rectified by Parliament but politicians seem unaware of the distress caused to parents. It is difficult enough deciding whether or not to abort without worrying whether or not it is a crime. It is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain late-term abortions in NZ and some women are now having to travel to Australia."

Opposing Affiliation of Campus Pro-Life Group

On 13 May, 2010, following the successful affiliation of Prolife Auckland with the Students Association of Victoria University of Wellington, ALRANZ made the following public comment on its Facebook page:[13]

“Thanks so much from the wider pro-choice community in NZ for all the hard work you and other pro-choice supporters at UoA put into this. There’s a lot more awareness now, so the [Auckland University pro-life] group will surely be kept under much closer scrutiny than otherwise.”
“Again, I think this highlights the need for the pro-choice movement to come out strong in our opposition to such moves by the ant-choicers. We appreciate the work done by UoA and the frustration you all must feel. Time for us to embrace the ‘rebel consciousness’ asserted by the reproductive justice movement and begin to redefine the discourse surrounding abortion here in NZ”

ALRANZ's comments show that the move to stop Prolife Auckland from affiliating was supported and driven by more than just a few staunch pro-abortionists on the Auckland campus. It is also an indictment on the NZ pro-abortion lobby's treatment of those who disagree with their views. They are working to suppress anyone who dares to express views which dissent from their ideology – and they don’t care if such suppression is unjust or discriminatory.[14]

Abortion on Demand Bill

ALRANZ is a strong supporter of Labour MP Steve Chadwick's proposed Abortion on Demand Bill which would decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks. This is to be expected, as total decriminalisation of abortion is the chief goal of ALRANZ.[15]


  1. 1.0 1.1 ALRANZ website: February 2007 Newsletter
  2. Facebook group: ALRANZ - Info (accessed on 14 May, 2010)
  3. ALRANZ Blog: The Canadian Model, 13 July, 2010 (accessed on 16 July, 2010)
  4. The Abortion Rights Coalition in Canada website: How to Think About the Fetus poster (accessed on 16 July, 2010)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 ALRANZ Newsletter, Feb. 2010 (accessed on 30 April, 2010)
  6. ALRANZ Newsletter, May 2009 (accessed on 30 April, 2010)
  7. ALRANZ Newsletter, August 2008 (accessed 30 April, 2010)
  8. Ministry of Women's Affairs website: Directory (accessed on 30 April, 2010)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 ALRANZ website: August 2007 Newsletter
  10. 10.0 10.1 AMAC website: An historical perspective on abortion in New Zealand (accessed on 29 April, 2010)
  11. ALRANZ website: August 2009 Newsletter (accessed on 16 July, 2010)
  12. ALRANZ Newsletter, Feb, 2005
  13. Facebook: ALRANZ (accessed on 17 May, 2010)
  14. Semper Vita blog: ALRANZ supports the unjust discrimination of pro-life students at Auckland University, 17 May 2010 (accessed on 16 July, 2010)
  15. ALRANZ website: ALRANZ SPECIAL BULLETIN JULY 2010 ON STEVE CHADWICK'S BILL, July 2010 (accessed on 16 July, 2010)