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The seventh in a series of occasional Prochoice Highway updates.
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Alison and Helen, Marlborough Express, 6 November. (Excuse the poor quality: we couldn't get the actual paper in Nelson, so had to take a screen shot from a computer in Nelson library. There's a link to the online version below.) The slogan under "Women's Bodies, Women's Choice" reads " 'Rhythm' (and blues) not for us!!" A reference to the local doctor's reported preference for the 'rhythm' method of 'contraception'.

Free Condoms in Blenheim

WONAAC’s Helen Wilson joined the Highway for the Wellington-Picton-Blenheim-Nelson leg. In Blenheim, we visited the practice of Dr. Joseph Lee, the doctor who made headlines earlier this year for refusing to prescribe contraception to a young woman who had not done her “reproductive job.”  We had condoms to give away, (as well as a couple we decoratively inflated) and the effort was covered in the Marlborough Express. Before the demo, Alison checked out the signs in the medical office. Yes, they do state that "some" doctors won’t prescribe contraception, but why don’t they say which ones? And why won’t the Medical Council agree to include doctors’ conscientious objections on its list of registered physicians so patients can be fully informed? 

Nelson
Helen and Alison did some postering and successful street outreach in Richmond and Nelson. ALRANZ president Morgan Healey joined the Highway in Nelson in time for a meeting at the Nelson Women’s Centre. There was a good turnout and useful discussion, as well as an interview with local journalist Sarah Dunn, who wrote a piece about the campaign for The Nelson Mail. (Sarah had previously reviewed “Fighting to Choose.”)
The Body Politics calendar was flying off the stall at the Family Planning conference. It's not just about abortion, but includes nurses protesting, the fight for gay law reform, striking strippers, contraceptive campaigns and much more. It's $15 and you can order copies here.
West Coast
Morgan, above centre, and Alison set off for Westport, which because of scheduling issues, is to be the Highway’s only West Coast stop. We spent two nights in town, and met up with ALRANZ supporter Barbara Holland, above right, from Greymouth to do some street campaigning. Trouble was, there actually weren't that many people in the street. And even fewer in Reefton, where we stopped en route to Christchurch.
Free Posters
Our series of posters is available free if you pay for packing (a poster tube) and postage, which is usually around $10-$15 all up.) So feel free to check them out here and order some here.
Christchurch
The Highway's absolutely fantastic designer Zenaida Beatson was visiting Christchurch from Melbourne for a rendezvous. After a wee bit of street outreach with Morgan on Sunday, a meeting was held on Monday at the Family Planning offices in town (above) where, again, discussion revolved around strategies for raising awareness and pressure for change. Oh, and Voice For Life hand-delivered 36 letters to Alison from young people explaining why they “stand for life”. 
The Final Leg
After a short break to refuel, the Highway sets off again on the 19 Nov, for the final leg, taking in Queenstown, Invercargill, Dunedin then Oamaru and Timaru. If you’d like to meet up or have contacts, please let us know. We’re planning some fun for Invercargill around 24-25 November, followed by a panel on Nov. 26 at Otago University organised by the wonderful Dunedin Reproductive Justice group. Check the events page.
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