0102030405060Induced abortions for women residing inthe Southland Region, New ZealandBy age of the woman, 2019Provider: Stats NZUnder 2020-2425-2930-3435-3940 or olderAge group

Induced abortions for women residing in the Southland Region, New Zealand

By age of the woman, 2019


Abortion: Foetal loss excluding stillbirths, usually during the first 20 weeks of gestation. Induced abortions are those initiated voluntarily with the intention of terminating a pregnancy. All other abortions are called spontaneous, even if an external cause is involved such as injury or high fever.
All abortion statistics and derived abortion rates released by Stats NZ are based on the number of legally induced abortions. No information is available on spontaneous or illegal abortion.

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Limitations of the data

Due to different rates of not specified region across hospitals, regional data should be interpreted with care.


While the data is collected for 'women' it is important to note that it actually includes all people who had an abortion, and that the data may include some transgender people.

Changes to data collection/processing

For 2004–08 health domicile codes are based on the 2001 health domicile classification (this is based on the 2001 area unit classification). From 2009 health domicile codes are based on the 2006 health domicile classification (this is based on the 2006 area unit classification - 2006 boundaries are only used from 2009 because MOH did not release their 2006 version until July 2008).

Data provided by

Stats NZ

Dataset name

Abortion Statistics: Abortions by residence and age of woman (Annual-Dec) 2019



How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Health', then 'Abortion statistics - ABN', then 'Abortions by residence and age of woman (Annual-Dec)'. Select all variables, then select desired export format.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Abortion Statistics: Abortions by residence and age of woman (Annual-Dec) 2019

From the dataset Abortion Statistics: Abortions by residence and age of woman (Annual-Dec) 2019, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 4-19
  • Columns: 2-252
  • Provided: 2,016 data points

This data forms the table Abortion - Abortions by region of residence and age of woman 2004–2019.

Dataset originally released on:

June 16, 2020

About this dataset

Abortion statistics measure the number of induced abortions that occur in New Zealand hospitals or licensed abortion clinics.

Method of collection/Data provider

For every induced abortion carried out in New Zealand, as approved under the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977, an ASC Form No. 4 (Notification of Abortion) must be completed and forwarded to the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) within one month of the abortion.
An abortion may only be performed in an institution licensed by the Abortion Supervisory Committee for this purpose.
The hospital or clinic send the completed ASC Form No 4 to the Tribunals Unit (a division of the Ministry of Justice). The Tribunals Unit provides the ASC with administrative services. The forms are then sent to Stats NZ who collates abortions data based on information from the notification form. Errors or omissions are referred back to the Tribunals Unit who liaises with the hospital or clinic. When Stats NZ has finished processing the forms they are returned to the Tribunals Unit.