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Abortion Statistics: Year ended December 2016
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  19 June 2017
Key facts

In the year ended December 2016:

  • 12,823 abortions were performed in New Zealand, 332 (3 percent) fewer than in 2015 (13,155).
  • The general abortion rate was 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, down from 14.2 per 1,000 in 2015.
  • Women aged 20–24 years had the highest abortion rate (21 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20–24 years), down from a high of 41 in 2003.
  • Most abortions (64 percent) were a woman's first abortion.
  • 57 percent of abortions were performed before the 10th week of the pregnancy.
  • 18 percent of known pregnancies (live births, stillbirths, and abortions) ended in an abortion.

 

 

See the Abortions Statistics: Year ended December 2016 commentary and tables for more information.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician 
ISSN 1178-0193
19 June 2017

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