SPCS MEDIA RELEASE – 23 Sept. 2011
Statistics recently provided by the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) under the Official Information Act and which are not provided by the ASC in their annual report, will shock the majority of New Zealanders.
The Society believes that the public of New Zealand have a right to see the statistical evidence that we have obtained: a copy of evidence that proves New Zealand effectively has abortion on demand with only 2% of women being denied an abortion following a formal application to have one.
The Society contends that the ASC has a statutory duty to hold certifying consultants accountable for the lawfulness of the abortions that they authorise.
The ASC sourced statistics shown in the table below raise the following key points:
The top 20 consultants approved a total of 1,6014 abortions and declined 167, a refusal rate of only 1.4%. This reveals that we effectively have abortion on demand or offer. (The ASC have previously advised that the approval rate from the 200 certifying consultants is 98%.The ground of mental health is used to authorise 98% of abortions in New Zealand).