Pro-abortion initiatives

In 1978, opponents of the new law, mounted the Repeal campaign to get rid of the abortion laws. Theyattracted many well-known names to their cause. Sisters Overseas Service was established to refer pregnant women to Australia for abortions.

In Parliament, amendments were made to the new law, enabling abortion clinics to be established in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, under the control of local Hospital Boards.

By the end of 1979, the abortion figures had returned to the level of 1976, when the Royal Commission found a virtual abortion on request situation existed.