Push to overturn 'grey area' in NSW abortion laws

The state remains the only Australian jurisdiction where abortion is treated as a criminal offence

Women up to 22 weeks’ pregnant could soon have unfettered legal access to abortions in NSW, under proposals that will be introduced to the state’s parliament this week.

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Currently, NSW is the only jurisdiction in Australia where abortion is treated as a criminal offence, explicitly listed as a crime with penalties of up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

To receive an abortion in the state, women need a certificate from a doctor indicating they believe the pregnancy presents a risk to their physical or mental health.

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