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Abortion Statistics: 2010
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  28 October 2011

Abortions: Year ended December 2010  –  Media Release

The number of abortions performed in New Zealand decreased in 2010, Statistics New Zealand said today. A total of 16,630 induced abortions were performed in New Zealand in 2010, 920 fewer than in 2009.

The general abortion rate (abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years) decreased from 19.2 per 1,000 in 2009 to 18.1 in 2010.

"The 2010 abortion rate is the lowest since 1999 when it was 18.0 per 1,000," Population Statistics acting manager Deb Potter said. "This 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." 

Geoff Bascand 
Government Statistician

28 October 2011

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Anne Howard
Christchurch 03 964 8700
Email: demography@stats.govt.nz

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