The 14,073 abortions performed in 2013, compared with 14,745 in the previous year, is the lowest number since 1995 (13,652).
The general rate was 15.4 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44, down from 16.1 per 1000 in 2012.This rate is the lowest since 1994, when it was 15.3 per 1,000. The decline of 672 abortions from last year in New Zealand is hugely positive.
Although abortion is available, the number of abortions per 1000 live births, stillbirths, and abortions, continues to decrease (193 in 2013 to 192 in 2012), showing that more New Zealand women are choosing to continue their pregnancies. This continues an overall decline in this number over the last ten years.
In the year ended December 2013:
- 14,073 abortions were performed in New Zealand, the lowest number since 1995 (13,652).
- The general abortion rate was 15.4 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, down from 16.1 per 1,000 in 2012.
- Women aged 20–24 years had the highest abortion rate (27 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20–24 years).
- The median age of women having an abortion was 26 years.
- Most abortions (64 percent) were a woman’s first abortion.
- 56 percent of abortions were performed before the 10th week of the pregnancy.