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Māori women and abortion: A Kaupapa Māori review

3 months
Approved budget:
Miss Rebekah Laurence
Health issue:
Reproduction/fertility/sexual health
Proposal type:
Māori Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
I would like to conduct a review of published literature relating to Māori women and abortion in Aotearoa New Zealand. I would value the opportunity to apply a Kaupapa Māori lens to reframe abortion as a health issue that affects Māori women and girls, their whānau, hapū, iwi and communities. I am interested to review literature that examines the impact of legislative change upon better access to health services for Māori and other New Zealanders. This will likely involve reviewing health literature related to the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 and the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 and the impact upon reducing the climate of fear and discrimination and improving access to health services for particular population groups.