- The Situation Today
- How legal abortion came to New Zealand
- Overseas influences
- Media Influences
- Opponents of abortion get organized
- The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child
- Early expansion
- Capital politics
- First clinic licenced
- The tide turns
- Pro-abortion initiatives
- A crucial court decision
- The Status of the Unborn Child Bill
- Seeking urgency
- Counter move
- The Vote
- SPUC moves on
Since the first abortion clinic opened in May 1974, there have been over 284,000 recorded abortions to the end of 2002. One-in-three pregnancies now end in abortion.
Almost every New Zealand extended family has been affected.
Yet in many ways, this most controversial of issues is shrouded in mystery. People know it is there and available, but little else. In the 1970s and 80s, the newspapers carried many features and letters to the editors, there was much public debate.