Funded by the Ministry of Health, DECIDE will provide abortion information, advice and counselling over the phone from doctors and nurses all over the country.
Previously only a small number of DHB’s have provided abortion services over the phone, the rest requires in-person appointments.
Since 2020 upwards of 13,000 women per year are getting abortions in New Zealand.
A young university student who received an abortion last year said that without any help from family, friends or her school the system was very hard to navigate.
She felt alone in the process and was intimidated by the lack of resources and available help.
DECIDE is a joint venture between Family Planning and Magma Healthcare and it will be implemented in three phases.