At what stage of pregnancy do abortions normally take place?

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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: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/mothers-babies/use-national-data-sets-reporting-induced-abortion/contents/table-of-contents. Note that this figure includes some other procedures. See also SA Health. Pregnancy Outcome in South Australia. 2016. Available from: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/4ccbba85-14c6-4b39-a19e-4e8cd54e9ea1/Pregnancy+Outcome+in+South+Australia+2016.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=ROOTWORKSPACE-4ccbba85-14c6-4b39-a19e-4e8cd54e9ea1-mAT252p.