Call To Remove Abortion From Crimes Act in NSW

Friday 8 October 2010 @ 1.01 p.m. | Crime | Legal Research

Alison Peter, director of the NSW Council of Social Service, is urging the state to follow the lead of the ACT and Victoria and remove abortion from the Crimes Act. The Act states that anyone who unlawfully commits an act with the intention of procuring a miscarriage is liable to 10 years imprisonment.

The last time a doctor in NSW was convicted for carrying out an illegal abortion was in 2006. Ms Peters countered claims that legalising abortion would increase the number of medical procedures carried out.

The NSW Greens have been campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion this year, citing a poll which found broad support for such a move.

Earlier this year, the NSW government said the existing legislation allowed for legal abortion under certain circumstances, and adequately protected women and health professionals. Do you believe abortion should be legalised?

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