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New Zealand Takes On a Long-Avoided Issue: Decriminalizing Abortion

Aug 05, 2019 - The New York Times

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s government said on Monday that it would try to pass a law decriminalizing abortion, taking on an issue that the nation’s lawmakers have long avoided even as the country built a socially liberal reputation on the world stage.

Under current law, women seeking an abortion must claim that the pregnancy would harm their physical or mental health, and have the procedure approved by two doctors.

The government’s proposal would eliminate those ...