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Abortion Statistics: Year ended December 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  19 June 2013

Abortion Statistics: Year ended December 2012  –  Media Release

The number of abortions performed in New Zealand decreased in 2012, Statistics New Zealand said today. A total of 14,745 induced abortions were performed in New Zealand in 2012, 1,118 fewer than in 2011.

The general abortion rate (abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years) decreased from 17.3 per 1,000 in 2011 to 16.1 in 2012. This rate is the lowest since 1995, when it was also 16.1 per 1,000. The lower abortion rate indicates 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.  

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Published 19 June 2013

Dallas Welch (Mrs)
Acting Government Statistician

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