RANZCOG supports Queensland's law reform decriminalising abortion

27 July 2018

Current Queensland law makes it a crime to terminate a woman's pregnancy except in limited circumstances. The Queensland Law Reform Commission recently conducted a review and have now released a report with recommendations to decriminalise abortion. RANZCOG wishes to express its full support to the report and recommendations issued by the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

Among other things, the draft Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018 provides that:
  • sections 224 to 226 of the Criminal Code are repealed
  • a woman who consents to, assists in or performs a termination on herself does not commit an offence
  • a medical practitioner may perform a lawful termination
  • a medical practitioner is required to inform a woman of any conscientious objection and refer her to another health service or practitioner who can perform the termination
  • a safe access zone of 150 metres is established around premises where abortion services are provided

To read the full report, click here.  



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