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New Zealand Abortion Statistics


Number of reported induced abortions in New Zealand by year since 1980:
Year     
Abortions
 
Year      
Abortions
 
Year      
Abortions
 
Year      
Abortions
1980 5,945    1990 11,173    2000  16,103    2010  16,630
1981 6,759    1991 11,613    2001  16,410    2011  15,863
1982  6,903    1992 11,595    2002  17,380    2012  14,745
1983 7,198   1993 12,893    2003  18,511    2013  14,073
1984 7,275    1994 12,835    2004  18,211    2014  13,137
1985  7,130   1995 13,652    2005  17,531    2015  13,155
1986 8,079   1996 14,805    2006  17,934      
1987 8,789   1997 15,208    2007  18,382      
1988 10,044   1998 15,029    2008  17,940      
1989 10,200   1999 15,501    2009  17,550      

 Source:  Abortion Supervisory Committee Reports and Statistics NZ

Click to see larger image.   Abortion in New Zealand in 2015
   at a glance:

    The number of induced abortions performed in New
    Zealand in 2015 were higher than 2014 by 18.
    In 2015 there were 13,155 reported induced abortions.

    There were 14.2 abortions per 1,000 women aged between
    15 and 44 years.  This rate was slightly down from 14.4 per
    1,000 women in 2014.

    Source:  Statistics New Zealand







Abortion Statistic Reports from Statistics New Zealand:

Abortion Statistics 2015

Abortion Statistics 2014

Abortion Statistics 2013

Abortion Statistics 2012 

Abortion Statistics 2011 

 

Abortion Supervisory Committee Reports:

Note:  These reports provide information for the previous calendar year e.g. the 2014 Abortion
Supervisory Committee Report contains statistics for the calendar year of 2013.  The statistics
contained in the reports are the same as those released the previous June by Statistics NZ
(so the statistics in the 2014 ASC Report are those released by Statistics NZ on
18 June 2014).  What is new in these reports by the Abortion Supervisory Committee is the
commentary given and a few additional graphs and tables not released in June (but usually still
available on request from June onwards).

Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2014 Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2015  
     
Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2013 Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2012 Abortion Supervisory Committee Supplementary Report 2011
     
Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2011
Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2010
Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2009



Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2008
Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2007
Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2006



Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2005
Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2004
Abortion Supervisory Committee Report 2003

 

Abortion Complications

The record of abortion complications in New Zealand is not very accurate.  The fact that a woman has had
an abortion is not recorded in her notes (despite most abortions in this country being performed in the public
health care system.  Women may also go and see their GP or an Accident and Medical Centre where the
correlation between the abortion and the ensuing complication is not reported.

Note these complications are serious and they have implications for later pregnancies and for ongoing fertility.

 Last Updated:  July 9, 2016