Chapter 19 – Legal Considerations in Reproductive and Sexual Health


Abortion law and practices

All states and territories in Australia have different legislation pertaining to abortion, and the legality of this procedure depends on the particular requirements of the legislation in each jurisdiction. Abortion is legal in all states and territories under certain circumstances, as summarised in Appendix A. However, access to abortion services in Australia, both for medical and surgical abortions, is varied (also see Chapter 10: Pregnancy Options).

Children by Choice provide an overview of abortion laws and practices in each state and territory,(32) as summarised here and in Appendix A:

Queensland: Abortion was decriminalised in 2018. It is legal to 22 weeks, and legal post-22 weeks with two doctors’ approval. NSW: Abortion was decriminalised in 2019. The new legislation allows abortion up to 22 weeks gestation and after this time with the approval of two doctors. ACT: Abortion is legal and must be provided by a medical professional. Victoria: Abortion is legal to 24 weeks, and legal post-24 weeks with two doctors’ approval. South Australia: AAbortion is legal for up to 22 weeks and 6 days. Post-22 weeks and 6 days, abortion is legal if two doctors agree. Tasmania: Abortion is legal to 16 weeks, and legal ... Buy now

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