The law

Abortion in Aotearoa New Zealand is governed by the Abortion Legislation Act 2020. This act updated the previous law to make abortion freely available to anyone who is pregnant and eligible for funded healthcare.

  • Information about abortion law in NZ (Family Planning NZ)


Ministry of Health

Family Planning New Zealand

  Research & reports

Abortion Services Aotearoa New Zealand: Annual Report 2021, Ministry of Health. 

Beddoe, L. (2021). Reproductive justice, abortion rights and social workCritical and Radical Social Work.

 Shewen, N. I. A. C. (2020) Tahe; Tikanga and abortion. New Zealand Women’s Law Journal, IV, 36-44.

Le Grice, J. (2020). Traditional Māori no strangers to abortion. Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand26(2), 35-35.

Laurence, R. (2019). Māori women and abortion: A Kaupapa Māori literature review. (Unpublished report).

Le Grice, J. & Braun, V. (2017). Indigenous (Māori) perspectives on abortion in New Zealand. Feminism & Psychology, 27(2). 

Le Grice, J. (2014). Maori and abortion: An impossible choice? Women’s Health Update, 18(3), 1.

McCulloch, A., & Weatherall, A. (2017). The fragility of de facto abortion on demand in New Zealand Aotearoa. Feminism & Psychology27(1), 92-100.