Abortion

The Tasmanian Committee
Tasmania

New South Wales and Queensland are the only states that still criminalise abortion after a Bill introduced by Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne was passed by Tasmania’s Upper House with amendments. As a result, abortion will be removed from Tasmania’s Criminal Code and regulated under health laws like other medical procedures, with abortions allowed up to 16 weeks with the woman’s consent and over 16 weeks with the agreement of two doctors. In an Australian first, a 150-metre access zone will be established around premises providing abortions, with offenders facing a fine of up to $9750 or 12-months imprisonment for protesting against abortion.

THE TASMANIAN COMMITTEE
(2014) 39(1) AltLJ 63

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