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Abortion Statistics: Year ended December 2014
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  17 June 2015
Key facts

In the year ended December 2014:

  • 13,137 abortions were performed in New Zealand, the lowest number since 1994 (12,835).
  • The general abortion rate was 14.4 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, down from 15.6 per 1,000 in 2013.
  • Women aged 20–24 years had the highest abortion rate (25.2 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20–24 years).
  • The median age of women having an abortion was 26 years.
  • Most abortions (63 percent) were a woman's first abortion.
  • 57 percent of abortions were performed before the 10th week of the pregnancy.

 

 

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0193
17 June 2015

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