Abortion rate at lowest in 20 years

 Stuff.co.nz 5 January 2014
The number of women having abortions in New Zealand has dropped to its lowest rate in almost 20 years and significantly fewer teenagers are having the  procedure.

Wider use of contraception, better school-based education and even reality television are all thought to be behind the drop.

In 2012, 14,745 women had abortions in NZ, down from 18,382 five years earlier.

The number of abortions is at the lowest level since 1995, according to a report from the Abortion Supervisory Committee, which works to improve the quality of abortion services in New Zealand.

Women in their 20s were most likely to have an abortion, followed by 15- to 19-year-olds. Women over 45 were the group with the lowest number of abortions.

The number of girls under 14 having abortions more than halved – from 104 in 2007 to 51 in 2012. The number of girls in the 15- to 19-year-old group also dropped substantially – from 4173 to 2489.

Most women having abortions identified themselves as European, followed by Maori, Asian and Pacific.

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