Teen abortion numbers a ‘tragedy’

Otago Daily Times 17 Jun 2010
The number of young teenage girls having abortions is a tragedy, lobby group Family First says.

Figures released today by Statistics New Zealand showed teenagers had nearly 4000 abortions last year, with 79 of those performed on girls aged 11 to 14. That was the lowest number in six years, and the 3873 abortions for girls aged 15-19 was the lowest in three years.

Family First said the number of teenagers having abortions was “a tragedy”, especially if it was done without the parents’ knowledge or consent. There was no legal requirement for parental consent, but Family First wanted parental notification to happen automatically “except in exceptional circumstances approved by the court”, and for women to see an ultrasound of the foetus before potential abortions.

…Family Planning said automatic parental notification and requiring an ultrasound before an abortion added an extra barrier to women making their decision, and was unnecessary

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