Foetal impairment

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Foetal impairment(s) are grounds for an abortion in New Zealand.

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.[1]

According to New Zealand Abortion Supervisory Committee statistics, most New Zealand terminations of pregnancy are ostensibly approved for mental health reasons.[citation needed]

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