Useful links on the topic of the provision of safe abortion care


Abortion Legislation Act 2020

Te Whāriki Takapou

Abortion Providers Group Aotearoa New Zealand

Ministry of Health – Considering an abortion

Ministry of Health - Information for health practitioners 

Health and Disability Services Standard 8134:2021

New Zealand Aotearoa Abortion Clinical Guideline

The New Zealand College of Midwives


The International Confederation of Midwives

The World Health Organisation

References used to inform the Council include:

ICM Position Statement: Midwives’ Provision of Abortion-Related Services, 2014 p. 1

Cochrane Database for Systematic Reviews: Barnard. S, Kim. C, Park. M.H & Ngo. T.D Doctors or mid-level providers for abortion (Review), 2015

Ministry of Health. 2012. Guidelines for Consultation with Obstetric and Related Medical Services (Referral Guidelines). Wellington: Ministry of Health.

New Zealand College of Midwives, Handbook for Practice, 2015

WHO (2015). Health care worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO. 

Further information can be found on the following Ministry of Health webpages

Information for health practitioners

Information for the public