Women's Health - Termination of Pregnancy

Requested by: Radio NZ | Response provided: 2019-03-28
Category: Women's Health, Contracts, Public Health Services

I write in response to your Official Information Act request dated 05 March 2019. You requested the following information:

1.How many women in your district were between 20 - 24 weeks pregnant and approvedfor a surgical abortion in Australia each year between 2013 and 2018?

2.How many abortion procedures have been performed in your district each year between2013 and 2018?

3.How many women were given the abortion pill in your district each year between 2013and 2018?

4.How many women were given the abortion pill in your district and were 8 weekspregnant or more when they received it, in each year between 2013 and 2018?

5.What is the latest stage of pregnancy a woman had an abortion in your district and forwhat reason?

6.How many women in your district had an abortion due to physical health concerns if thepregnancy was to continue?

o(Please break these figures down by each year between 2013 and 2018)

7.How many women in your district had an abortion due to mental health concerns if thepregnancy was to continue?

o(Please break these figures down by each year between 2013 and 2018)

8.Could you please give me an ethnic breakdown of all the women who have had abortionsin your district each year between 2013 and 2018?

oAnd could you please include women who were given abortion pills to takehome.

9.How many women chose to take their pregnancies (foetus, tissue, product etc.) homeafter the abortion procedure?

o(Please break these figures down by each year between 2013 and 2018)

10.How many women chose to leave their pregnancies (foetus, tissue, product etc.) at thehospital to be cremated?

o(Please break these figures down by each year between 2013 and 2018)

11.How many women changed their mind and cancelled after their first appointment (orconsult), second appointment (or consult), and even on the day?

o(Please break these figures down by each year between 2013 and 2018).

 

On 6 March 2019, we contacted you to clarify the scope of the request, and you clarified that your definition of access to surgical abortions, and abortion procedures was as follows:

•How many women in your district were between 20 - 24 weeks pregnant and approved for a surgical abortion in Australia each year between 2013 and 2018? o I want to know if any women in your district have requested a late-term abortion and were approved for one, and have had to travel to Australia for the procedure. (I'm assuming that the procedure isn't done here in New Zealand).

•Could you also please include 'all' types of abortions (medical, surgical etc.) in reference to any of my other questions asked about 'abortions' or 'abortion procedures'?

•The only exception being the question referring to the 'abortion pill', and the first question about surgical abortions in Australia.

 

Our Response is attached.

 

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