At what stage of pregnancy do abortions normally take place?


Current data on abortion rates in NSW are not available. The most reliable sources indicate that most abortions take place in the first trimester, with between 91.2% and 95% of abortions taking place before 14 weeks gestation, and 0.7% to 2.8% taking place after 20 weeks gestation[1]. Abortions that take place after 20 weeks usually involve complex medical or psychosocial reasons and almost all are carried out within a multidisciplinary context in a hospital.

[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Use of Routinely collected national data sets for reporting on induced abortion in Australia. 2005. Available from: Note that this figure includes some other procedures. See also SA Health. Pregnancy Outcome in South Australia. 2016. Available from: