Abortion Services in New Zealand

This website aims to provide up-to-date and accurate information on the services available in New Zealand for termination of pregnancy (TOP).

It provides information on the New Zealand abortion law, abortion counselling, methods of abortion available in New Zealand, including the abortion pill (known as Mifegyne / mifepristone / RU486 / Mifeprex(USA)) and information on how to access abortion services in different regions of New Zealand.

Abortion in New Zealand

Abortion is legal in New Zealand for women of any age, if two certifying consultants agree that the pregnancy will seriously harm a woman's physical or mental health.

How to use this site

This website provides information on the abortion services available throughout New Zealand, and how to access them.

The services available, and the processes used, differ from region to region. You will find information on the services available in your district under Regional services or by clicking the map below.

Map © Ministry of Health – Manatū Hauora, 2013


What to do provides general information about how to start the process: early diagnosis, talking to your doctor, certification and referral to an abortion provider.


If you find inaccurate information or have suggestions for links or ways we could provide more complete information that would better assist you to access counselling or abortion services, please contact us.

Last Updated: 20 November 2019

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