Abortion Supervisory Committee

Auckland Medical Aid Centre


From the website of the Department for Courts.

The Abortion Supervisory Committee has the responsibility of keeping under review all the provisions of the abortion law in New Zealand, and the operation and effect of those provisions in practice. This includes licensing institutions for the performance of abortions and appointment of certifying consultants to consider cases.

The committee consists of three members, two of whom are to be registered medical practitioners. One member is appointed as Chairperson.

The Committee reports annually to Parliament. This report contains a summary of the Committee’s activities during the year, together with statistical information relating to the number of abortions performed in the previous calendar year. This statistical information is broken down into such categories as the age of women concerned and the grounds upon which the abortions have been authorised and provides the only reference to the absolute numbers of abortions authorised annually.

Functions and Powers