Would you look at that?

So having been told quite a bit recently that no one really cares about abortion as an issue in NZ and why don’t we prochoice women just shut up and get to the back of the manifesto where we belong, wouldn’t you know it but a bunch of awesome Kiwi bloggers managed to put together one hell of a blogswarm for World Health Day, hosted at The Hand Mirror.

My three faves are from Octavia, La Ranita and Deborah but there’s pa-lenty of other awesome reading.

And then, would you believe, there was actually an abortion-related vote in Parliament, regarding the Abortion Supervisory Committee, which even got honest-to-goodness mainstream media coverage thanks to Tariana Turia being an antichoice douchewad.  Hat tip to Morgan at Maui Street.

No Right Turn does his usual stellar work with the facts and figures on the vote, which split somewhat fascinatingly along almost-clear party lines, with National being the only divided party.

The basic take-home is that 70 MPs are sufficiently pro-choice that they won’t support appointing an avowed antichoicer to the Abortion Supervisory Committee.  It’s hardly an overwhelming statement of support of women’s right to make their own health decisions, but it’s also a pretty obvious sign that the majority of MPs, whether for personal or political-sensitivity reasons, will not erode the status quo.

It’s a fucking start.

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12 comments

  1. Octavia

    Every social justice-oriented change in society has to start somewhere, and people sure as shit didn’t get far throughout history saying “Eh, this seems too hard and maybe people won’t care. Better give it up. Focus on something more relevant to the dominant power group. BRILLIANT IDEA YES.”

    Gotta say, I was pretty pleased by that vote. Better than I expected (also provides a handy Who Not to Vote For list /snark).

    • QoT

      Top of list: Tariana Fucking Making-More-Maori-Babies-Trumps-That-Whole-Fucking-Poverty-Thing Turia.

  2. Armchair Critic

    Could be time to introduce the National party to the thin end of wedge politics.

  3. Deborah

    Thank you, QoT.

    And thank you also for this:

    The basic take-home is that 70 MPs are sufficiently pro-choice that they won’t support appointing an avowed antichoicer to the Abortion Supervisory Committee.

    I hadn’t thought of it that way. It is, as you say, encouraging.

  4. La Ranita

    Wow thanks, I’m blushing! I couldn’t for the life of me think what to write and then I started noting down some ideas and a blog post spewed out (my first ever). I am very heartened by the blogswarm and by what happened in Parliament (except boo hiss Tariana and her supporters). Yay Charles Chauvel too. You are right, it’s a fucking start.

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