Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health
This report provides an overview of the abortion services work of Manatū Hauora between October 2022 and September 2023.
The abortion statistics covering the 2022 calendar year provide additional insight into abortion services across Aotearoa. Areas of focus include meeting Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations and improving equity and access.
Key achievements include increased accessibility through the growth of the abortion workforce and number of facilities providing local in-person abortion services. Endorsement of early medical abortion (EMA) training for midwives, and access to EMA through a national telehealth service – DECIDE, have also facilitated this increase in accessible service provision.
The implementation of 11 Safe Areas, accounting for about one-third of all current abortion service providers, have been established at the time of publication to protect the safety, wellbeing, privacy, and dignity of people who are accessing, or providing, abortion services.