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Abortion Statistics: Year ended December 2011
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  19 June 2012
Key facts

In the year ended December 2011:

  • 15,863 abortions were performed in New Zealand, the lowest number since 1999 (15,501).
  • The general abortion rate was 17.3 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, down from 18.1 per 1,000 in 2010.
  • 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 (62 percent) were a woman's first abortion.
  • 55 percent of abortions were performed before the 10th week of the pregnancy.

 Graph, Number of abortions, 1980–2011.

Dallas Welch (Mrs) 19 June 2012
Acting Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0193
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