Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand

Author(s): Alison McCulloch

NZ History/Society | Abortion

Fighting to Choose chronicles one of the most important yet neglected chapters in New Zealand's recent political history.

More than thirty-five years ago, at the height of the second wave of feminism, New Zealand passed a conservative abortion law that bucked a trend in the West toward liberalisation. How did this happen in a country proud of its progressive social policies - particularly its record on women's rights? And why is such a cumbersome, expensive, endlessly litigated set of statutes still on the books?

In Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand, Alison McCulloch sets out to answer those questions by taking a close look at the people involved and the tactics they employed in waging what was - and continues to be - an intense and impassioned battle.


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Dr ALISON McCULLOCH has worked in journalism for more than twenty years, first in New Zealand and then in the United States, where she spent six years as a staff editor at The New York Times. She has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Colorado, and is active in the pro-choice movement in New Zealand, where she lives and works as a freelance journalist.

General Fields

  • : 9780864738868
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : June 2013
  • : New Zealand
  • : March 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alison McCulloch
  • : Paperback
  • : 363.460993
  • : 339
  • : Black and white