Abortion Statistics in New Zealand
There are lots of statistics being thrown about in the abortion debate. Let’s set the record straight….
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The number of abortions per pregnancy has been dropping. That means that more women are choosing to keep their baby, which is a great thing. It also destroys the argument that abortions are dropping simply because of contraception being used.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: in 2017, 1 in 4 women had already had one abortion. 13% of women had had two or more previous abortions.
1st Trimester abortions – surgical or medical?
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: * 94-97% of abortions towards the end of the 1st trimester are surgical.
* Between 4 and 8 weeks, there are more surgical than medical abortions.
* Almost 30,000 1st trimester surgical abortions in just the last three years
2nd Trimester abortions – surgical or medical?
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: * Surgical abortions are more common at the beginning of the 2nd trimester.
* As the gestation period increases (19 weeks onward), medical abortions are required more often (some surgical abortions are still performed though).
* Over 1,700 2nd trimester surgical abortions in just the last three years
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Of the total abortions, 1.1% are because of health risks to the mother, and 1.5% are because of fetal abnormality. That means that a significant number of abortions in the 2nd and 3rd trimester are ‘right to choose’ abortions.
How many abortions as a result of rape?