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One less thing to shame us

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OPINION: When I heard the news about the proposed changes to our abortion law due to be read on Thursday in Parliament, my response was a long, exhausted sigh of, "finally!"

I know a lot of people, largely those who've never had/thought about getting an abortion, who won't understand why it's such a big deal. And that's reflected by the attitude of previous governments, which until now have felt distinctly complacent on the issue.

They said the right things about it being the woman's right to choose, but never really much more than that. Preferring instead the classic Kiwi tactic of, "well, the status quo seems alright and who wants to poke that sleeping dragon".

And that's fine if you don't have to get an abortion. But if you do have to, you quickly realise the current system can make you feel like shit. Because while the status quo allows abortion, it also allows the culture of shame around it to fester. And that's why we need law........

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