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Abortion Statistics: Year ended December 2013
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  18 June 2014
Key facts

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.

 Graph, Number of abortions, 1980–2013.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0193
18 June 2014

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