New Zealand’s delegate stated before the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) that the New Zealand government has no interest in expanding its abortion laws. This was in response to being told twice that the country needs to modernize its abortion laws.
New Zealand currently allows for abortion in the case of endangerment to the mother’s life or when there is danger to her mental or physical health. As the New Zealand delegate went on to explain, in order for a law to be changed, a government member needs to submit a bill to the legislature. There is no such abortion bill at the time because as the delegate put it, “there is no appetite by government members or other parties to discuss or modernize the legislation.”