Request for information held by Abortion Supervisory Committee concerning Court judgment and harassment of medical staff and patients

Official Information Act 1982
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Official Information Act 1982, ss 9(2)(h), 9(2)(g)(i), 18(d) and 9(2)(ba)(i)
Abortion Supervisory Committee
Ron Paterson
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In October and December 2012 Mr Ken Orr of Right to Life New Zealand Inc. made requests to the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) for:

  • correspondence relating to the judgment in RTL v The Abortion Supervisory Committee SC 73/2011 [2012] 68; and

  • correspondence between the ASC and District Health Boards regarding harassment.

The ASC refused both requests under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA).

In my opinion:

  • sections 9(2)(h) and 9(2)(g)(i) of the OIA do not apply to the correspondence relating to the judgment, apart from two short passages; and

  • there is good reason under the OIA to refuse the request for correspondence regarding harassment pursuant to section 9(2)(ba)(i) of the OIA.

I recommend that the ASC release the Deputy Solicitor-General’s letter of 13 August 2012, with two passages redacted.

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