How abortion laws jeopardise independence of doctors

Outdated abortion laws in NSW and Queensland are jeopardising the independence of doctors and causing undue emotional distress to patients, according to a lawyer and a gynaecologist.

They argue abortion needs to be decriminalised and placed in the health regulations to enable practitioners have clear guidance for abortion care.

In NSW and Queensland a doctor who provides the termination, those who assist, and the woman herself, may be prosecuted