Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977

2 Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—



means intentionally causing the termination of a woman’s pregnancy by any means, including—


by using a drug or combination of drugs; or


by using an instrument; but


does not include—


any procedure intended to induce the birth of a live fetus believed to be viable; or


any procedure to remove a dead fetus; or


any contraceptive

abortion service provider means an entity that provides abortion services

abortion services means services provided by a qualified health practitioner to facilitate an abortion

conscientious objection means an objection on the ground of conscience to the provision of contraception, sterilisation, or abortion services

contraceptive means a substance, device, or technique intended to prevent conception or implantation

Director-General means the Director-General of Health

employer includes any person acting or purporting to act on behalf of an employer

entity means—


a body corporate:


a corporation sole:


an unincorporated body:


a sole trader

health practitioner has the meaning given to it by section 5(1) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

hospital means a hospital care institution within the meaning of section 58(4) of the Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001

medical emergency includes a surgical emergency

medical practitioner means a health practitioner who is, or is deemed to be, registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand continued by section 114(1)(a) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of the profession of medicine

qualified health practitioner, in relation to the provision of abortion services, means a health practitioner who is acting in accordance with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

safe area means any premises at which abortion services are provided, and any area around those premises, prescribed in regulations made under section 17(1) as a safe area.

Section 2: replaced, on 24 March 2020, by section 5 of the Abortion Legislation Act 2020 (2020 No 6).