In Abortion Statistics Commentary, blog


Earlier this week the latest official New Zealand abortion statistics were released, and they make for some very positive reading.

Firstly, there has been a noteworthy drop in the total number of abortions being performed in this country.

Importantly, this isn’t just a one-off decrease either – this is the fourth year in a row that the NZ abortion rate has declined, making this more than some sort of mere statistical anomaly, instead it is part of a cultural trend towards less abortions in NZ.

What’s really interesting is that the latest statistics show an approximately 3% drop in the number of 15 – 19 year old New Zealand women choosing abortions – or put another way; there has been an increase in the number of 15 – 19 year old Kiwi women choosing to carry their babies to term, rather than opt for abortion.

And this same trend away from abortion is also present in the 20 – 29 year old females, with approximately 1% less of them now choosing abortions.

I guess the key, and most pertinent point to take from the latest abortion statistics is the fact that there are now more than 2500 LESS abortions taking place in this country per year than what there were just five short years ago.

Let me say that again, this time in bold: there are now MORE than 2500 LESS abortions taking place each year in this country.

This inescapable reality is quite important, because it makes a complete and utter mockery of the pro-choice lobby groups who claim that NZ desperately needs more liberal or widespread access to abortion.

If there are now 2500 LESS abortions taking placing in this country each year, then why is there any pressing need to divert scarce health sector funding and resources into setting up a new abortion clinic in Southland?

If there are now 2500 LESS abortions taking placing in this country each year, then why would we need RU-486 abortion providers set up all over New Zealand, as some have recently and rather vociferously been advocating for?

And if there are now 2500 LESS abortions taking placing in this country each year, then why would we need to change the current abortion laws to create more liberal access to abortion?

Without considering the ethical questions, basic economic considerations clearly show that there is absolutely no need to embark upon policy changes to make abortion services more widespread or easily accessible when thousands less women are choosing to avail themselves of these services each year in this country.

In difficult economic times like these, especially where an aging population (with greater healthcare demands) is becoming an ever pressing reality, increasing abortion services isn’t just an ethical issue, it is also an action which would see us wasting valuable funding and resources that could be better spent on far more pressing needs.

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