Free Emergency Contraceptives Leads to Fewer Abortions in New Zealand


A district health board in New Zealand has found that providing emergency contraception to women under the age of 25 year olds, free of charge, has lead to a decline in the number of women having abortions.

Abortion Rate Drops

Palmerston North, which is located on the North Island of New Zealand, has reported a decrease in the number of women having abortions after introducing the free emergency contraceptives for women twenty0five and younger. In a recent report that included the last 18 months, the number of abortions being performed in the area has dropped by 7.5%.

Emergency Contraceptives

“The cost kept a lot of young women from purchasing the emergency contraceptive pill. Therefore, leading to more abortions GPs say that the free service saves them time. Health advisors say that the measure is also saving money, as the cost of terminations is far higher than that of emergency contraception.” The emergency morning after pills including Levonelle works up to 72 hours after sex. A newer pill ellaOne can work up to 5 days after sex.



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