Fighting to Choose chronicles one of the most important yet neglected chapters in New Zealand's recent political history. More than thirty years ago, at the height of the second wave of feminism, New Zealand passed one of the most regressive abortion laws in the Western world. How did this happen in a country that prided itself on 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? Fighting to Choose sets out to answer those questions by chronicling one of the most important and yet neglected chapters in New Zealand's recent political history. Based on interviews and in-depth research in numerous archives as well as personal and public collections of papers, Fighting to Choose introduces readers to the main players in what was - and continues to be - an intense and impassioned struggle, analyses their tactics and investigates what happened, and why. 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.
Fighting to Choose
Victoria University Press
Birth control, contraception, family planning
The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand
Mind, Body & Spirit /
Family & Parenting