Definitions for "Abortion in New Zealand"
Abortion in New Zealand is currently legal to terminate pregnancies under 20 weeks gestation, or over 20 weeks if continued pregnancy would harm the health of the woman. Regulations in New Zealand require that abortions after 12 weeks gestation be performed in a 'licensed institution,' which generally understood to be a hospital. Abortions must be approved by two doctors — one of whom must be a gynaecologist or obstetrician—and may be subject to counselling.