Australian Abortion Laws
Each State and Territory in Australia has its own laws regarding abortion. Each requires the informed consent of the woman prior to the procedure. Make sure you are aware of the abortion laws where you live so that you can make the most informed, empowered decision for you regarding your unexpected pregnancy.
Australian Capital Territory
Abortion was considered a criminal act until 2002, when it was repealed. Abortion must be performed by a medical professional in a medical facility that has been approved by the Minister for Health.
New South Wales
In New South Wales, abortion falls under the Crimes Act. Abortion can be considered lawful if a doctor finds the pregnancy to put the mother’s life or mental health at risk. Social and economic circumstances, as well as medical, may also be considered.
As of March 2017, abortion is legal up to 14 weeks’ gestation in the NT if a doctor believes it appropriate considering the woman’s present and future physical, psychological, social and economic circumstances. Between 14 and 23 weeks, two doctors must agree that the abortion is appropriate. After 23 weeks, it is only legal in the case that it would save the woman’s life.
This legislation is new and is not yet available in the database.
Abortion is under the criminal code in Queensland, legal only if a licensed medical professional believes the woman’s physical or psychological health is at risk from continued pregnancy.
Abortion is legal only if two medically licensed doctors agree that pregnancy presents immediate danger to the woman’s physical or psychological health, or in the case of serious fetal abnormality. Abortion under other circumstances than these is considered a crime.
Abortion in Tasmania is legal up to 16 weeks’ gestation. After that, it is only legal with the agreement of two doctors.
In Victoria, abortion is legal up to 24 weeks’ gestation by a licensed medical professional. After 24 weeks, a doctor must determine if abortion is in the best interest of the patient.
Abortion in WA is legal up to 20 weeks’ gestation. Women under the age of 16 must be counselled by a medical professional other than the one who would be performing the procedure prior to an abortion.
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Disclaimer: each of the above is a brief summary of abortion laws and is not legal advice.