NZ Herald Feb 04, 2009
The Auckland District Health Board has had “critical” difficulties in providing surgical abortions to women in mid-pregnancy because of an increase in nurses refusing to perform the work. The board provides surgical abortions for women who are 13 to 18 weeks pregnant from throughout the Auckland region, plus some from other areas. It also provides medical abortions. This is in addition to terminations in the first third or trimester of pregnancy, which have not been affected by the shortage of nurses. Nurses are not required to be involved in performing abortions; they can refuse on grounds of conscience and work in other areas.