N Z Med J. 1977 Aug 24;86(594):201.


PIP: A survey of 886 adults over 16 was conducted regarding abortion in Papanui, New Zealand. Only 7.79% thought a person should never have an abortion under any circumstances, 16.70% thought the decision to have an abortion should be decided by a panel of two doctors, a social worker, and a statutory committee set up by the government. 44.4% thought the decision should be between a woman and the doctor of her choice. 20.54% thought the decision should be made solely by the woman concerned. The respondants had thought about the question. Other surveys in different electorates reflected similar views. It is hoped that people's opinions will influence legislators to enact more liberal abortion laws.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • New Zealand