Abortion services: information for health practitioners

Information about changes in the abortion legislation and what these changes mean for health practitioners.

  • Changes were made to the abortion law in 2020 to better align the legislation with that of other health services.
  • These pages have information about what these changes mean for health practitioners and includes links to areas that are now the responsibility of Te Whatu Ora.
  • Work is still underway to support more accessible and equitable abortion services.
  • Guidance for practitioners currently providing abortion services can be found in the New Zealand Abortion Clinical Guideline.
  • For those providing abortion counselling, visit the Standard for Abortion Counselling in Aotearoa New Zealand for further information on what abortion counselling means.

Postition statement on 'abortion reversal'

Read the Ministry’s advice on the practice of ‘abortion reversal.


DECIDE provides information about accessing abortion services to the public.

Information for health practitioners providing services in primary and community settings.

Information on the programme of work to deliver the transformation of abortion services.

Information on changes to abortion legislation in New Zealand resulting from the 2020 law reform.

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Safe Areas aim to protect the safety, wellbeing, privacy and dignity of people who are accessing or providing abortion services

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Information on getting help and support, accessing abortion services, abortion methods, and more.

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What information the Ministry collects, what health practitioners need to report, and the reporting process.

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These reports provide an of overview of Manatū Hauora’s abortion services work, along with key abortion statistics.

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