March 17, 2021
New look sought for abortion services
Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall says transformation of abortion services to better cater for Māori and Pasifika needs is long overdue.
The Health Ministry is seeking expressions of interest from health providers to improve accessibility to abortion services for Māori, Pacific, and disabled people.
Dr Verrall says many Māori, particularly younger women, are put off by the sterile environment at clinics.
"They're often hospital-based and more traditional-looking medical services but we are also asking for co-design services for rangatahi Māori so we are trying to get a spread and diversity in providers so women can find one that meets their needs," she says.
Dr Verrall says last year's law decriminalising of abortion recognised it was an essential part of giving women control over their fertility.
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