Auckland Medical Aid Centre

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Auckland Medical Aid Centre is also known as AMAC and is an abortion mill that was opened on 17 May 1974.[1]


AMAC Building, Auckland

The center currently operates out of the AMAC Building, 283-289 Dominion Road, Auckland.

Ironically, on the "Clinc Care" page on their website, AMAC has a photo of a koru.[2] The koru is a spiral shape based on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond and symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace.[3] AMAC's business is ending new life - it is unusual that they would place such a photo on their website.

In September 1974, police raided the clinic and 500 files were seized. Dr. Jim Woolnough was accused of procuring 12 abortions. This led to two Supreme Court trials; the first resulting in a hung jury and the second an acquittal. The Appeal Court upheld the “not guilty” verdict.[4] Following the passage of the abortion laws in December 1977, the Auckland Medical Aid Centre immediately closed and Sisters Overseas Service (SOS) groups (initially founded by Elizabeth Sewell) sprang up in New Zealand to help women fly to Australia to obtain a legal abortion.[5] On 10 January 1975 the Court of Appeal ruled that the search warrant had been invalid but the files were used to bring the operating doctor, Dr. Woolnough to trial. He was subsequently acquitted but because of a change in the abortion laws he could not continue operating. The clinic closed in December 1977 as a result of the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act and did not reopen until August 1979 after a legal battle to obtain a licence.[6]

The Abortion Mill is owned by the Auckland Medical Aid Trust, a Charitable Trust.[7]


The Center provides the following services:[8]

  • Surgical abortion
  • Medical abortion
  • Pre & Post abortion counselling
  • Contraception
  • Abortion referrals
  • Dilation & Curettage abortions (to kill pre-born babies, or following early miscarriage)

AMAC charges $1,000 to NZ residents and $1,150 to non-residents for an abortion.[9]

Contact Details


  1. AMAC website: An historical perspective on abortion in New Zealand (accessed on 29 April, 2010)
  2. AMAC website: Clinic Care (accessed on 12 July, 2010)
  3. Wikipedia: Koru
  4. Milestones in NZ Sexual Health by Margaret Sparrow, May 2003
  5. Sunday Star Times: Abortion 30 years on, 23 Dec. 2007 (accessed on 12 July, 2010)
  6. ALRANZ website: Brief History of NZ Abortion Laws (accessed on 12 July, 2010)
  7. Charities Commission website: Auckland Medical Aid Trust 2008 Annual Return
  8. AMAC website: Homepage (accessed on 28 April, 2010)
  9. AMAC website: Fees (accessed on 12 July, 2010)