Abortions in New Zealand Drop 7%

By Dave Andrusko

arrowdownVery good news out of New Zealand. Statistics New Zealand reported a decrease of 7% in the number of abortions recorded in 2014.

Not only was 13,137 abortions in 2014 936 fewer abortions than the 14,073 reported in 2013, it was also the lowest number since 1994 when 12,835 abortions were recorded.

“The decline of 936 abortions from last year in New Zealand is hugely positive,” Anna Schieb of ProLife NZ told www.stuff.co.nz. “I believe that any decrease in abortions is good,” she said, “Though the statistics still represent 13,137 abortions too many.”

Schieb told the publication that “an increase in the amount of ‘medical’ information and pro-life discourse contributed to the drop.” She added, “We definitely believe this is because women are choosing to have less abortions because there’s much more information available to the wider community.”

In addition to the 936 lives saved, there were a number of particularly encouraging developments. According to Maori television

The general abortion rate was 14.4 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, down from 15.6 per 1,000 in 2013 to 14.4 in 2014.

This lower abortion rate signals the decrease in the number of abortions was due to fewer women having abortions. In fact, the abortion rates for women aged 15–24 years overall have fallen in recent years. …

The abortion rate for women aged 20–24 years fell from a peak of 41 per 1,000 in 2003 to 25 per 1,000 in 2014.

The abortion rate for women aged 15–19 years dropped from 26 per 1,000 to 12 per 1,000 over the same period.

Statistics New Zealand reported that the highest abortion rate (25.2 abortions per 1,000 women) was for women aged 20–24 years.

Moreover while most abortions were a woman’s first abortion, there were 37% repeat abortion in 2014. That was down 311 from 2013.

But of those 4,822 women having a repeat abortion in 2014, 3,128 women were having their second abortion, 1,134 women were having their third abortion, 384 their fourth abortion, 120 their fifth abortion, 37 their sixth abortion, 13 their seventh abortion, and six their eighth (or more) abortion, according to Ken Orr, spokesman for Right to Life of New Zealand.

The median age for women having abortions in New Zealand in 2014 was 26.