Your Options
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you might be feeling worried, scared, trapped and unsure what to do.  Although you may be contemplating abortion, you do have three options to consider:

•  Parenting
•  Adoption
•  Abortion

Before you make any decisions, please call on 0800 367 5433, there is someone ready to listen 24/7.

When faced with an unexpected pregnancy, the choice to continue your pregnancy and to parent your baby is not an easy decision.  You will have hopes, dreams and plans for the future.  But all is not lost.  At Family Life Crisis Pregnancy Centre we can assist you in exploring all your positive choices regarding parenting. 

With our help and support we can work with you to make a plan that allows you to positively move forward with your life.

Adoption, while not necessarily on your radar right now, is a positive option to consider. 

These days adoption in New Zealand is usually open - meaning that both birth parents and adoptive parents are known to each other and contact is maintained (to the extent that everyone is comfortable with). You will be able to meet with and choose any prospective adoptive parents.

Many women who have chosen adoption have done so after thinking that abortion was the only option in their situation.

Adoption can be a loving option for you, baby and the adoptive family.

Before you make any decisions please call so that we can talk through your situation and all the positive options that are available to you.

If you are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, you may be thinking that abortion is your only option.  Before you make any decisions, you should know all the facts.  While some information about abortion is provided here, it is best to call our Option Line 0800 367 5433 and talk through your specific situation with one of our team members.

The following information is given to help you understand the law around abortion in New Zealand, the procedures and the risks and possible complications involved.

A woman can obtain an abortion in New Zealand only if she meets certain criteria which is confirmed by two certifying consultants.

Abortion Methods
Medical Abortion
Medical abortion is an induced abortion through taking medication.  Sometimes it is referred to as the "abortion pill", "Myfegine" or "RU-486".  A medical abortion involves two visits to the clinic 24 to 48 hours apart, and a third visit two to three weeks later.

At the first visit, a tablet containing mifepristone is given.  This will block the hormone progesterone, which your body makes to support the growing fetus.  In doing so the death of the fetus will come about.  In some cases the fetus and other pregnancy tissue may pass without further drugs.

The second drug misoprostol (which is a prostaglandin) is inserted into the vagina at the second visit.  This will cause uterine contractions, dilating the cervix and you will pass the dead fetus and other pregnancy tissue.

The third visit is to ensure that the abortion is completed and there is nothing retained in the uterus.

A medical abortion must be completed within 63 days (nine weeks) of the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP).

Up to 7.5% of medical abortions fail.  

If you have begun the medical abortion process and have changed your mind, please call us 0800 367 5433. 

It is important to rule out an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus) via ultrasound prior to taking the mifepristone.  If an ectopic pregnancy exists and is not detected first, an abortion will not take place, placing you at risk of death.

Immediate Risks:

  • Heavy bleeding which can last for up to 12 days (sometimes requiring a blood transfusion or surgical abortion to stop the bleeding)
  • Infection 

Adverse Effects:

  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
  • cramping (sometimes severe)
  • infection (endometritis, pelvic inflammatory disease)
  • hot flushes, dizziness, chills, fever

It should be noted that while no deaths have been recorded in New Zealand as directly attributable to medical abortion, at least 22 women have died overseas after taking the abortion pill.

*Please note:  Family Life Crisis Pregnancy Centres offer peer counselling and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion.


 Last Updated:  22 June 2014