Journal article

Abortion law across Australia - A review of nine jurisdictions

Caroline de Costa, Heather Douglas, Julie Hamblin, Philippa Ramsay, Mandy Shircore

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015


This article reviews the current legal status of abortion in Australia and its implications. Australian abortion law has been a matter for the states since before Federation. In the years since Federation there have been significant reforms and changes in the abortion laws of some jurisdictions, although not all. Across Australia there are now nine sets of laws, state and Commonwealth, concerned with abortion. The test of a lawful abortion varies greatly across jurisdictions. In a number of states and territories, it is necessary to establish a serious risk to the physical or mental health of the woman if the pregnancy was to continue. In some cases, the certification of two doctors is requi..

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