20th September 2019
ALRANZ Complaint – Promotion of Unlawful Abortions.
I am very concerned about the health and welfare of women. I therefore wish to bring to your attention information concerning the encouragement of the unlawful importation of prescription drugs.
The prescription only drugs Mifepristone and Misoprostol are used in New Zealand for chemical abortions. The Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 requires that these drugs be only prescribed by “operating surgeons” following the authorisation of an abortion in accordance with the Crimes Act section 187A. These drugs are required to be administered only in facilities licenced for abortions.
It us unlawful for any person to import them into New Zealand across the border without authority. It is also unlawful to use these drugs to perform an unlawful abortion.
The Abortion Law Reform Association Inc has a web site that encourages persons to visit another site for the purpose of unlawfully importing these prohibited drugs. It minimises the risk of being discovered and makes no mention of the very real threat to the health and lives of women who use these drugs in their own home without medical supervision. For your information I have included the link to the ALRANZ site. Help! I’m Pregnant
I would be grateful if you would kindly advise me what action you take in this important issue.