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Key Concepts for Termination of Pregnancy in New Zealand
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- The role of the general practitioner is to advise their patients on options available, to refer to a termination
clinic for consideration for termination if requested, and to arrange the appropriate pre- referral tests and follow-up.
- It is not the role of general practitioners to discuss their own personal views about termination. If a general
practitioner is not able to refer personally, then arrangements must be made for the woman to be seen as soon as possible
by another doctor in the area
- The role of the certifying consultant is to determine if there are legal grounds for termination and to arrange
a termination if appropriate
- The earlier in pregnancy a termination is performed, the lower the risk of complications
- Under New Zealand law, a fully informed consenting woman may be considered for a termination of pregnancy. Young
women under the age of 16 do not need to inform, or seek consent from their parent or guardian
- As with all patients, women (including those aged 16 and younger) seeking a termination have the right to confidentiality.
Partners, parents and family members are only informed if the woman agrees to this.
- Education and access to appropriate contraception can play an important role in working towards a reduction in
numbers of unplanned pregnancies.
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