Fewer abortions

June 23rd, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

has released the annual data on abortions. Some key facts:

  • 14,073 abortions – the lowest since 1995
  • The rate per 1,000 population is 3.1 – also the lowest since 1988.
  • The number of abortions in 2000 was 16,103, in 2008 was 17,940 and in 2013 was 14,073
  • Sadly 48 under 15s had an abortion, but this is down from a peak of 105 in 2006
  • Teenage abortions down dramatically – from 4,277 in 2007 to 2,144 in 2013 – almost a 50% drop
  • 56% of abortions are in the first 9 weeks. 6% are after week 13.
  • Our general abortion rate (per 1,000 woman of child bearing age) is 16.1 which is lower than Sweden at 20.7 and England 16.4, but higher than Germany 7.4 and Netherland 8.5

 

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26 Responses to “Fewer abortions”

  1. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    14073 people who had no choice whether they lived or died.

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  2. Ross Nixon (607 comments) says:

    We have double the rate of ‘mentally at risk’ women than Germany? Explain that!

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  3. dog_eat_dog (743 comments) says:

    Yea a tonne of unwanted kids will make the world a better place.

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  4. mike tan (433 comments) says:

    Perhaps it isn’t the case here, but in the US, the anti-abortion folk seem to be the anti-contraceptive folk. If abortion is akin to murder, doesn’t it naturally follow that you would accept contraception as something that can save lives from being ended prematurely (by never being brought into existence in the first place) ?

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  5. Auberon (868 comments) says:

    The Labour Party says the government must urgently address the abortion crisis following news that abortions have dropped to their lowest level since 1995 …

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  6. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    “Yea a tonne of unwanted kids will make the world a better place.”

    Why don’t you track down some “unwanted kids” and ask them if they’d rather not been born?

    LW robot.

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  7. RRM (9,427 comments) says:

    It all seems so avoidable, when there is such a waiting list of people who want to adopt a baby…??

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  8. Tauhei Notts (1,602 comments) says:

    I’ve always thought that John Minto would be a great candidate for retrospective abortion.

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  9. gump (1,474 comments) says:

    @Ross Nixon

    “We have double the rate of ‘mentally at risk’ women than Germany? Explain that!”

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    Germany provides state funded abortion on demand for pregnancies in the first trimester.

    It’s a different culture with a different legal system. Direct comparisons don’t make a lot of sense.

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  10. Huevon (184 comments) says:

    Well, this will change once the Greens get their way.

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  11. Harriet (4,497 comments) says:

    Well noted Andrei.

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  12. gump (1,474 comments) says:

    @Harriet

    “Well noted Andrei.”

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    Andrei hasn’t posted in this discussion.

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  13. mikenmild (10,618 comments) says:

    Yes he did, must have decided to delete it though.

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  14. dime (9,368 comments) says:

    ” almost a 50% drop” – does that mean a 50% increase of teenage mums on the bene?

    “It all seems so avoidable, when there is such a waiting list of people who want to adopt a baby…??” – bet thats a fun process to go through! probably involves a treaty of waitangi class etc etc

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  15. mandk (817 comments) says:

    @ dog-eat-dog,

    Do you happen to know what proportion of women who have abortions are making fully informed decisions on the basis of high quality counselling? I ask because the Abortion Advisory Cttee has noted the lack of suitable training available to counsellors.

    And do you happen to know what proportion of women who decide to have abortions do so without being coerced? I ask this because I am not aware of any NZ research on this matter. I have read, however, that coercion is a factor in 30-50% of cases in the USA.

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  16. Harriet (4,497 comments) says:

    Gump#

    @Harriet

    “Well noted Andrei.”

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    Andrei hasn’t posted in this discussion.

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    He did but must have removed it – he pointed out that this was a meaningless statistic:

    » The abortion rate per 1,000 population is 3.1 – also the lowest since 1988.

    Andrei said the population is ageing – along with the fact that women over a certain age wouldn’t have abortions because they can’t get pregnant to start with.

    And one other thing Gump – incase you missed it – the statistic includes ALL MALES IN NZ!!!!!!

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  17. Harriet (4,497 comments) says:

    “…..I ask because the Abortion Advisory Cttee has noted the lack of suitable training available to counsellors….”

    Don’t get suckered mandk.

    ‘suitable training’ means more abortion counsellors. They want to try to normalize it like they have tried in the US. I read just the other day about Family Planning in the US starting to be kicked out of schools because of all the falsehoods they have been telling young women.

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  18. lilman (883 comments) says:

    I can’t see the fuss about this.
    Last week Dairy farmers were made to dispose of calves by a method other than bashing on the head with a hammer except in emergency situations.
    So why the fuss about unborn kids,seems people are up in arms about animal wellbeing but not Human Beings?

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  19. Don the Kiwi (1,582 comments) says:

    Any reduction is a plus.

    Our future generations will be filled with puzzlement and scorn at us as to how we could possibly muder our children in the womb. It is cultural suicide, as is becoming evident in Europe, Russia, Japan, China……….

    The Muzzies will be rubbing their hands together with glee.

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  20. Lucia Maria (2,203 comments) says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if RU-486 (ie the morning after pill) is having an effect in lowering the statistics. If there is a baby, the pill will abort it, it just won’t be noted as such.

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  21. BlairM (2,286 comments) says:

    It’s a bit like wishing for world peace, or “a world without rape”, but I hope one day that number is a big fat zero.

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  22. Fentex (857 comments) says:

    I’m surprised by those numbers. I’d hope in a country with easily available contraception there’d be fewer.

    I went and found a report on the incidence worldwide and it seems ten-ish per thousand is a fairly usual figure for nations with reasonable standards of education across quite a breadth of wealths, degrees of liberty and societies.

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  23. IC5000 (49 comments) says:

    I think I just swallowed my own vomit as I realized I agreed with Wrussel but not to the point where abortion should become illegal. Arn’t there hundreds of couples around who would want to adopt if they had the chance?

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  24. Dexter (272 comments) says:

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if RU-486 (ie the morning after pill) is having an effect in lowering the statistics. If there is a baby, the pill will abort it, it just won’t be noted as such”

    Hahaha, so now the morning after pill counts as an abortion? What are you going to claim next, that masturbation is akin to genocide.

    Stupid religious fanatics, just a sanitized version of the ones killing each other in the middle east, but every bit as backwards.

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  25. pejhay (21 comments) says:

    Why is the reduction correlated with a National Government? Is it simply that more people wanted to abort whilst under Helen’s rule ?

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  26. MrTips (143 comments) says:

    Quite simple really.

    The numbers are dropping because they’ve started to abort those who would have ended up doing abortions………

    And the fact that 16-25 yr olds are turning off the procedure because they’ve woken up to the fact that sex selective abortions are getting out of control. http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/the-three-deadliest-words-in-the-world-20130506-2j2ve.html

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