Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Progress In An Ideological And Bloody War

Abortion in New Zealand

Abortion is becoming less common in New Zealand.  We at this blog believe that a single abortion is one too many, in that abortion is an act of wilfully killing another, defenseless human being.  That said, it is encouraging that the practice is reducing in this country.

Here are the highlights from Statistics New Zealand.

In the year ended December 2016:

12,823 abortions were performed in New Zealand, 332 (3 percent) fewer than in 2015 (13,155).

The general abortion rate was 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, down from 14.2 per 1,000 in 2015.

Women aged 20–24 years had the highest abortion rate (21 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20–24 years), down from a high of 41 in 2003.

Most abortions (64 percent) were a woman's first abortion.

57 percent of abortions were performed before the 10th week of the pregnancy.

18 percent of known pregnancies (live births, stillbirths, and abortions) ended in an abortion.
Doubtless the causes of the decline of abortions are various.  But the progress made should stimulate us all to redouble our efforts.  Let's remember that one abortion per year is one too many.

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