Abortion Statistics In New Zealand

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Abortion Statistics In New Zealand
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as of December 2011
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Key facts
In the year ended December 2011:
* 15,863 abortions were performed in New Zealand, the lowest number since 1999 (15,501). * The general abortion rate was 17.3 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, down from 18.1 per 1,000 in 2010. * Women aged 20–24 years had the highest abortion rate (33 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20–24 years). * The median age of women having an abortion was 25 years. * Most abortions (62 percent) were a woman's first abortion.
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Prolife Action and Operation Rescue: 1989–1994
In the eighties, New Zealand pro-lifers frequently followed the lead of their United States counterparts. For example, Chicago-based conservative pro-life activist Joseph Scheidler visited New Zealand in the mid-eighties, prompting the formation of namesake "Pro-Life Action Groups" in Christchurch and Wellington. In the late eighties, conservative pro-life activist Mary O'Neill was largely responsible for importing Randall Terry's direct action "Operation Rescue" pro-life tactic to New Zealand, but it faced resistance. In Christchurch and Wellington, pro-choice activists mobilised against Operation Rescue New Zealand, and ultimately, family stresses, heavy fines and lack of more conservative pro-life support ended the existence of Operation Rescue (its parent organisation is now known as Operation Save America). -------------------------------------------------
Contemporary status of abortion debate
Thereafter, Parliament served as an occasional venue for debates about the composition of the Abortion Supervisory Committee, when appointments and expiry dates for its membership have come and gone. Unlike the United…