The Abortion Supervisory Committee is made up of 3 members appointed by the Governor-General. 

Some of the Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • considering and reviewing hospital or clinic licence applications to perform abortions in New Zealand
  • ensuring that hospitals and clinics with abortion licences have adequate facilities
  • appointing doctors (known as certifying consultants) to consider cases where a woman is seeking to have an abortion
  • reporting to Parliament each year with statistical information on abortions carried out in New Zealand and how the abortion law has been managed.

The Committee meets monthly to deal with licence renewal applications, certifying consultant appointments, and general business such as correspondence and responding to Official Information Act requests.

The Committee regularly travels to various hospitals or clinics throughout the country to review abortion services.

Read about the specific powers and functions of the Committee in the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977(external link)

The grounds under which an abortion may be performed are specified in section 187A of the Crimes Act 1961(external link)

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