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AMAT was registered in 1974 as a Charitable Trust. Under the terms of the trust deed all monies
received by the Trust must be applied for the purposes specified in the objects. Trustees are
responsible in law for the operation of the Trust although an executive officer manages the day to day
affairs.


Given the highly unsatisfactory state of affairs in the field of abortion prior to the Trust's
establishment, an out-patient abortion service was a high priority for the Trust. Its first clinic in Great
South Road was forced to close in 1975 with the passing of the Hospitals Amendment Bill, so the Trust
moved its service to a private hospital in Ranfurly Road, Epsom. AMAT pioneered abortion counselling and
the training of abortion counsellors, and made abortion available in New Zealand to all those entitled to it.
The Trust now provides an abortion service in Dominion Road, where pregnancy counselling and
termination is provided by the Auckland Medical Aid Centre Ltd., a charitable company wholly owned by
AMAT.

Prior to 1997, AMAT distributed surplus funds as charitable grants to various individuals and
organisations to support their projects. Later, AMAT supported the establishment of a new Trust to
manage an adoption resource centre to provide counselling information and resources for people
affected by adoption, and a research institute focusing on the publication and dissemination of
educational literature in the field of human reproduction.  The Trust is now active in promoting and
sponsoring research and has since 1995 offered doctoral scholarships, originally through the University
of Auckland, but now through the Universities New Zealand Te Pokai Tara.  The scholarships are to support
the development of new knowledge in the field of human reproduction.