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Abortion rate drops to lowest in 25 years

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/06/2017
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New Zealand's abortion rate dropped from 13,155 in 2015 to 12,823 last year, the lowest in 25 years, Statistics NZ has reported.

The general abortion rate - abortions per 1000 women aged between 15 and 44 - was 13.5 per 1000 women in 2016, down from 14.2 in 2015.

"This is the lowest rate in 25 years," Statistics NZ said.

The abortion rates for younger women has fallen significantly in recent years.

The rate for women aged 20 to 24 fell from a peak of 41 per 1000 women in 2003 to 21 per 1000 women in 2016.

The abortion rate for women aged between 15 and 19 dropped from 26 per 1000 to nine per 1000 over the same period, Statistics NZ said.

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