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In the year ended December 2010:

  • 16,630 abortions were performed in New Zealand, the lowest number since 2001 (16,410).
  • The general abortion rate was 18.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, down from 19.2 per 1,000 in 2009.
  • Women aged 20–24 years had the highest abortion rate (33 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20–24 years).
  • The median age of women having an abortion was 25 years.
Lower abortion rates indicate that the decrease in the number of abortions was due to fewer women having abortions rather than to changes in the size or age structure of the population.
New Zealand Abortion Statistics 2010
A detailed pdf outlining the year ended 2010 statistics
An excel spreadsheet version of the 2010 statistics.
For more information on the 2010 figures, visit the Statistics New Zealand Abortion Statistics website.
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