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Abortion Statistics: Year ended December 2010
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  28 October 2011
Key facts

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.
  • Most abortions (61 percent) were a woman's first abortion.
  • 56 percent of abortions were performed before the 10th week.

Graph, Number of abortions, 1980 to 2010.

Geoff Bascand 28 October 2011
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0193
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