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Current practices of abortion services

Summary of official information request

  1. I am wanting to clarify the current practice of abortion services when children are born alive following an induced labour abortion.
  2. I have been told that the Canterbury DHB has been quoted as saying: “In the extremely rare occurrence that a baby were to be born alive following a late term abortion, the baby would be wrapped and then held until it passed.”
  3. I want to clarify whether this is an accurate representation of current practice or whether it is not accurate (or any further details that are not considered in the quoted statement). I would like clarity on the exact requirements of medical staff in the event that a child was born alive following a late term abortion.
  4. Details of the number of cases of alive births post abortion / termination, and whether the abortion / termination was because of birth defects or because of another reason.

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