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Clinically Appropriate?

The Abortion Decision

Women should be offered the following information to assist in their decision and abortion experience:
− basic anatomy and physiology as relevant to their gestation
− an understanding of the process of abortion and its possible complications
− fetal development (which may include showing pictures of the stage of fetal development)
− information about the advantages of having an abortion earlier rather than later in a pregnancy and the differences between a medical and surgical abortion
− products of conception – kai atawhai or disposal options
− an understanding of how people make sense of the loss of conception in abortion, grief and loss processes, and variabilities within a contemporary cultural context in Aotearoa
− contraception education.

Extracted from Interim Standards for Abortion Services dated 4 Apr 2020

How is "clinically appropriate" determined?

In considering whether the abortion is "clinically appropriate" in the circumstances, the qualified health practitioner must:

  1. consult at least one other qualified health practitioner
  2. have regard to:
    1. all relevant legal, professional and ethical standards to which the qualified health practitioner is subject
    2. the woman’s:
      1. physical health
      2. mental health
      3. overall wellbeing
    3. the gestational age of the fetus

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