Abortions in New Zealand

Abortions Year ended December 2003

o There were 18,510 abortions performed in New Zealand in 2003, compared with 17,380 in 2002.

o The general abortion rate increased in 2003, from 20.0 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years in 2002 to 21.0 per 1,000.

o Women aged 20–24 years had the highest abortion rate (41.3 abortions per 1,000 women) in 2003.

o The median age of women having an abortion was 24.7 years in 2003.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

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