Topic: Health

Statistics shows drop in abortion rate for 2014

The latest report from Statistics New Zealand says the number of abortions performed in New Zealand decreased in 2014.

In 2013, 14,073 induced abortions were performed, which dropped to 13,137 for 2014, and is 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 to 14.4 in 2014.

This lower abortion rate signals the decrease in the number of abortions was due to fewer women having abortions.  In fact, the abortion rates for women aged 15–24 years overall have fallen in recent years. 

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 and most abortions were a woman's first abortion.

The abortion rate for women aged 20–24 years fell from a peak of 41 per 1,000 in 2003 to 25 per 1,000 in 2014.  

The abortion rate for women aged 15–19 years dropped from 26 per 1,000 to 12 per 1,000 over the same period.