The Press 12/12/2009
The abortion pill should be more widely used in New Zealand, the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) says. In its annual review, tabled in Parliament this week, the committee said it was concerned that less than 6 per cent of abortions in New Zealand were carried out using the drug Mifegyne. In other countries where medical abortions were available, the rate was between 20 and 30 per cent, it said. Known as the abortion pill, Mifegyne allows women who are less than nine weeks pregnant to get an abortion without going to hospital for surgery.
…Right to Life spokesman Ken Orr said the group was against wider use of the abortion pill because it killed an unborn child by starving it. If Family Planning’s 30 clinics were licensed to give the pill it would double the number of places women could get an abortion in New Zealand, he said.
* 53 per cent of women who had abortions last year were not using contraception.
* 98.7 per cent of abortions were carried out on mental health grounds.
* 196 certifying consultants were paid nearly $5 million in fees for abortions last year.