Bay of Plenty Times 25 June 2014
Bay of Plenty abortion numbers are dropping as nationwide rates hit a 20-year low.
Latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show 726 abortions were performed in the Bay of Plenty last year, down from 773 in 2012 and 821 in 2011.
Nationwide abortion rates for 2013 were the lowest in 20 years.
In total 14,073 induced abortions were performed last year, down from 14,745 in 2012 and 15,863 in 2011.
Family First NZ director Bob McCoskrie said the abortion rate would continue to drop as knowledge of the prenatal development of the unborn child increased, and as an increasingly pro-life younger generation become parents.
He said the Bay of Plenty had the benefit of the new pregnancy choice centre run by Janice Tetley-Jones.
Family First NZ spokesperson Marina Young believed the drop was a result of increased education and access to more information.
“I think a lot of people have been more informed. There’s a lot more out there on the internet about the early development.