View our COVID-19 page for general advice, where to get COVID-19 tests, and visiting guidelines for our hospital services.
See for the latest information about COVID-19 vaccinations in Canterbury.

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.


Download (pdf, 200KB)

Back to Document Library

Page last updated: 16 September 2021

Is this page useful?