Contraceptives, education hailed as heroes as abortion rates lowest in 25 years
June 20 2017
Women in their teens are having fewer abortions than women in their early thirties.
Teenagers are having fewer abortions than women in their 20s and 30s, with better access to contraceptives tipped as one of the reasons why.
The number of abortions performed in New Zealand in 2016 was the lowest in more than 25 years, according to Statistics New Zealand.
The abortion rate for women aged 20-24 years fell from a peak of 41 per 1000 women in 2003 to 21 per 1000 in 2016.