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From Crime to Care: the History of Abortion in Aotearoa New Zealand – book launch

From Crime to Care - the History of Abortion in New Zealand - book cover

My latest book From Crime to Care will be launched at at 6 pm Thursday 9th  February in the Atrium of the Auckland Medical School (Faculty of Medical & Health Science), 85 Park Road Grafton

From Crime to Care presents the history of abortion in Aotearoa New Zealand from pre-colonial times to the present, weaving in stories and experiences from key people on both sides of the debate. After the first abortion clinic opened in 1974 there were protests and pickets, and the issue shaped our politics in the 1970s. Moral crusaders, activists, legislators, abortion-providers and many others put their reputations and sometimes their lives on the line to do what they thought was right.

The abortion struggle serves as an illustration of our changing political and social landscape, with a public move from conservative towards more liberal values. Finally, after 180 years, abortion in Aotearoa is a health rather than a criminal concern. However, the issue continues to divide people, and events in the United States have shown how quickly change can occur, with their Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and several states banning abortions.

Retail price $39.95, publishing 9 February 2023 ISBN:   978-0-473-66306-03 F

Format: 229 x 152 mm (portrait), 254 pages, paperback plus 12 pages of black & white images (insert)

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Charles-Webb Oration

I was invited to give the Charles-Webb Oration at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners NSW and ACT Faculties conference in October 2022. My talk was on Improving health outcomes for Pacific people – with them and by them: A co-design research journey to improve the health outcomes for Pasifika in Aotearoa New Zealand.