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New Zealand To Decriminalize Abortion Through Reform Bill

Abortion to be considered a health issue and not a crime, proposed in new reform bill in New Zealand

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Abortion is a crime in New Zealand till now and the government is working to scrape that law. Pixabay

The New Zealand government on Monday announced a bill to decriminalize abortion so that it can be treated as a health issue, rather than a crime.

The reform bill proposes removing any statutory medical exam for women not more than 20 weeks into their pregnancy and includes the setting up of “safe areas” near abortion facilities to prevent women from being harassed or attacked, Efe news quoted Justice Minister Andrew Little as saying in a statement.

“Safe abortion should be treated and regulated as a health issue; a woman has the right to choose what happens to her body,” Little said.

“Abortion is the only medical procedure that is still a crime in New Zealand. It’s time for this to change.”

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A new bill proposes to decriminalize abortion in New Zealand. Pixabay

The bill, which will have its first reading in the New Zealand parliament on Thursday, also requires a health practitioner to authorize women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant to terminate the pregnancy if it poses a risk to their mental and physical health as well as their wellbeing.

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It also proposes that doctors opposed to providing abortion services on the grounds of conscience must inform pregnant women, who may seek services elsewhere, as well as that women be able to self-refer to a service provider, and health practitioners will advise women of counselling services available.

Currently, abortion is considered a crime in New Zealand, although women can terminate their pregnancies if two doctors consider it advisable for physical and mental health reasons. (IANS)

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Teen Vogue Publication Slammed For Their Snapchat Story About Teen Abortions

Snapchat story on teen abortions was highly criticized by users

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Teen Vogue's views and opinions on teen abortion attracted a lot of backlash from social media users. Pixabay

Popular publication Teen Vogue faced the wrath of social media users after it posted a Snapchat story instructing pregnant teenagers how to obtain abortions irrespective of their parents’ belief.

Teen Vogue’s Snapchat story was featured on the app’s Discovery page, which is a section for publishers and creators to put 24-hour-lasting snaps displaying news and pop culture content that may cost them around $50,000 a day, Daily Caller reported on Monday.

The story thread from Teen Vogue covered topics concerning abortion options for girls under 18, regardless of their parent’s beliefs and consent.

Around 92 per cent of US teenagers aged 12 to 17 use Snapchat, according to eMarketer.

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Teen Vogue covered various topics concerning abortion options for girls under 18. Pixabay

After Teen Vogue flashed the story, several people took to Twitter to express their anger over the story.

“First thing I saw this morning when I opened @Snapchat I read the entire article and it’s about teens getting an abortion without their parents’ knowledge or consent. @TeenVogue this is despicable and disgusting,” a user tweeted, sharing a screenshot of the story.

“Disgusting! Parents, please know what your daughters are reading on Spanchat and Instagram, and talk with them about it,” a tweet read.

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Teen Vogue flashed their story on Snapchat and several people took to Twitter to express their anger over the it. Pixabay

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“Snapchat allowed an @TeenVogue Discovery story that tells teenage girls on the app how to get abortions – and how to get abortions without parental knowledge. Seriously?” another tweet said.

Neither Teen Vogue nor Snapchat officially addressed the issue. (IANS)