Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019

30 July 2019

The peak body for obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health, RANZCOG, welcomes the tabling of the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 in the NSW Parliament and urges all MPs to vote in favour. The decision as to whether or not to have a abortion, or to continue a pregnancy, is multifactorial and is between a woman and her medical care provider.
RANZCOG asserts that access to lawful abortion should be on the basis of health care need and should not be limited by age, socioeconomic disadvantage, practitioner-preference or geographic isolation. Equitable access to services should be overseen and supported by health departments in each jurisdiction in the same way it is for other health services.
The College believes that abortion should be regulated as a health procedure and not by the criminal law. Further, the College believes that women have the right to access abortion without their privacy being infringed or being subjected to harassment. The College recognises the complexities associated with late term abortions, and supports a process by which late term abortions can be lawfully performed where appropriate.
RANZCOG respects the personal position of all of our members, and recognises the right to conscientious objection in relation to abortion. However, the College emphasises that health practitioners owe a duty of care and must refer the patient to other health practitioners or health services where a woman is able to receive the health care she needs.

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