- The Situation Today
- How legal abortion came to New Zealand
- Overseas influences
- Media Influences
- Opponents of abortion get organized
- The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child
- Early expansion
- Capital politics
- First clinic licenced
- The tide turns
- Pro-abortion initiatives
- A crucial court decision
- The Status of the Unborn Child Bill
- Seeking urgency
- Counter move
- The Vote
- SPUC moves on
In Britain, the Humanist Society, allied with the Abortion Law Reform Association, devised a successful public relations strategy to build a groundswell of support for change, culminating in the passing of the British Abortion Act on 27th October, 1967.
The Act permitted abortion if continuation of the pregnancy risked the life or the physical and mental health of the woman.
Once the law changed, opposition to abortion within the British medical profession virtually collapsed. The practical effect of the new law was to allow abortion on request, and for years women travelled to Britain from Europe to have their abortions.
The British Abortion Act inspired pro-abortion groups and politicians to press for change in their own countries.
Between 1967 and 1977, the laws of at least 43 countries were changed. In the United States on 22nd January, 1973, the Supreme Court struck down all state laws and established abortion on demand in the fifty states.
Australia followed the trend: in 1969 laws were changed in Victoria and in South Australia. New South Wales and the Capital Territory in 1971.