Where to go

The Women's Clinic, Palmerston North

Abortion services in the Wairarapa region are provided by The Women's Clinic. 

The clinic is free to Wairarapa residents and offers medical abortion for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy and surgical abortion for the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Women requiring abortion after 15 weeks will be referred from The Women's Clinic to the Te Mahoe unit in Wellington.

The Women's Clinic offers private medical and surgical abortion services to non-Wairarapa residents. 

National Abortion Telemedicine Service 

A nationwide early medical abortion by phone service (up to 10 weeks of pregnancy) is also available directly by contacting The Women's Clinic on 0800 ABORTION (0800 226 784) or via the website www.thewomensclinic.co.nz/contact 


First Steps

You can contact the clinic directly on 0800 226 784 (0800 Abortion).

The reception staff will book you an appointment with the clinic nurse. During the nurse consultation you will be able to discuss your situation and will be given more information about your options. We may also organise for you to have an ultrasound assessment of your pregnancy and blood and swab tests. 

For women who are in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy abortion will be provided by The Women's Clinic. If you require abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy you will be referred to the Te Mahoe unit in Wellington.


All women who book at The Women’s Clinic will be offered optional counseling. Counselling is provided by the Social Work department at Wairarapa Hospital.  This service is free of charge to NZ residents and offers the opportunity to discuss the social and emotional aspects of the decision to terminate a pregnancy. This counselling session is optional. The counsellor is also available to you after you have been through the termination.

Early Medical Abortion at The Women's Clinic

Medical Abortion is available up to 10 weeks of pregnancy for women and is funded for Wairarapa residents.  

Surgical Abortion at The Women's Clinic

Surgical abortion up to 15 weeks of pregnancy under local anaesthetic (awake) is available at the Women's clinic. Surgical abortion is funded for Wairarapa residents.

Surgical Abortion at the Te Mahoe Unit

Women who have a pregnancy of 15 weeks or greater will be referred to the Te Mahoe unit in Wellington.

Abortion is performed under General Anaesthetic (asleep) and will usually require the woman to travel down the day before the procedure and stay overnight in Wellington.

Surgical abortion in Te Mahoe unit in Wellington is funded for Wairarapa residents.

Follow up

Follow-up is provided by The Women’s Clinic, which also includes a comprehensive contraception service.

Follow-up counselling is available at the Social Work Department if needed.


The Women's Clinic services are free to all Wairarapa DHB residents who are entitled to funded health care in New Zealand as is abortion at the Te Mahoe unit in Wellington for women with a later pregnancy. 

For non-residents, residents of other DHB regions and overseas visitors medical and surgical abortion are available through The Women's Clinic at a cost of $950.