There were 17,940 abortions reported in New Zealand in 2008.Right to Life New Zealand is pleased with the reduction of 440 abortions on the 18,380 abortions performed in New Zealand in 2007. This is good news for our unborn children and their mothers. We believe that one of the reasons for the decrease is the increasing recognition in the community that abortion not only destroys an innocent and defenceless unborn child but is also harmful to the physical and mental health of women.
Right to Life is concerned about the lawfulness of many of the abortions authorised in 2008. The statistics for 2008 reveal that 98% of abortions performed were authorised on the grounds of serious danger to the mental health of the mother, this statistic has been constant since 1977. This conclusion on the lawfulness of these abortions is supported by the judgment of Justice Miller, in the High Court in Wellington, in the judicial review of the Abortion Supervisory Committee. [ASC] For latest 2008 Abortion Stats go to the Right Sidebar of homepage.