19 Jun 2013

Abortion rate at 17-year low

8:40 pm on 19 June 2013

The abortion rate has fallen to a 17-year low in New Zealand.

Figures released by Statistics New Zealand show 14,745 induced abortions were performed last year, the lowest number since 1995 and 1118 fewer abortions than in 2011.

Abortion Law Reform Association president Morgan Healey says increased use of long-acting reversible contraception is contributing to the decline.

Women aged between 20 and 24 had the highest abortion rate.

ProLife NZ spokesperson Mary-Anne Evers says counselling and support should be given to allow women the option of keeping their child.