Story: Gender inequalities

Abortion rates, 1979-2015

This graph shows the rate of abortion per 1,000 women aged between 15 and 44, and the proportion of 1,000 known pregnancies (live births, stillbirths and induced abortions) that end in abortion. The period covered begins in 1979, when the Abortion Supervisory Committee was set up. One of the committee's responsibilities was reporting on rates of abortion. In the 1980s the rate of abortions per 1,000 women rose from 8.5 to 12.9, still low compared with other English-speaking developed countries. In the early 2000s the rate reached 21 per 1,000 and was now among the highest. It has been steadily declining since 2003.

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Source: Statistics New Zealand

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Anne Else, 'Gender inequalities - Sexuality', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Anne Else, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 20 Jun 2018