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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol. 38 No. 22. September 11, 1975

Public Tribunal on Crimes Against Women

Public Tribunal on Crimes Against Women

The Women's National Abortion Action Campaign (WON AAC) has called a Public Tribunal on Crimes Against Women, to be held in the Union Hall, Victoria University, Wellington, September 20.

We are calling on women who have suffered because of the present restrictive laws on abortion, and have had to resort to unsafe and dangerous means, to come forward and give their personal testimonies at the Tribunal. We also want to hear from women who have had positive experiences e.g. through the Auckland Medical Aid Centre and from women who have suffered because of the restrictions on contraception, sterilisation, and sex education. The atmosphere will be a sympathetic one and we hope a wide range if women will come forward. Doctors, lawyers and other professional people whose efforts to help women have been stunted by the restrictive legislation, will be asked to come forward and testify as expert witnesses.

Through the Tribunal we hope to encourage as many women as possible to make individual submissions to the Royal Commission on Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion.

Any women who would like to give a personal testimony at the Tribunal or who is interested in helping organise it should contact co-ordinator Diane Oatham, c/- WONAAC. Box 2669. Wellington or phone 872-260.