It refers to the existence of life-threatening or serious anatomical signs that will lead to either an impaired quality of life or at worst, lethal anatomical malformation which renders the foetus unable to survive outside a pregnant woman's body. It is one of several grounds contained within New Zealand's Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977, amended 1978, and Section 187A of the Crimes Act 1961.
According to New Zealand Abortion Supervisory Committee statistics, most New Zealand terminations of pregnancy are ostensibly approved for mental health reasons.
- Statistics New Zealand - Abortions page
- United Nations data - summary of abortion laws by grounds on which abortion is permitted
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