Abortion To Be Decriminalised Under New Laws In Queensland Parliament

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Abortion To Be Decriminalised Under New Laws In Queensland Parliament AAP

Abortion will be decriminalised in Queensland and safe zones enforced under new laws to be introduced to state parliament.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk released the Queensland Law Reform Commission's (QLRC) review of the state's abortion laws on Monday and announced cabinet had accepted all of its recommendations.

"For too long this archaic law has sat on our statute books," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"This is about bringing Queensland into the 21st century."

Under the new laws women would be able to ask to terminate pregnancies up to 22 weeks and "safe zones" of 150 metres would be in place around clinics to stop women, their loved ones and staff from being harassed.

The QLRC found abortions should be treated as a health issue and not a criminal matter, but it suggested making it an offence to perform or assist in abortions without qualifications.

The bill is expected to be debated and passed before the end of the year.

Doctors and medical professionals can refuse to perform abortions but must refer patients to someone who will.

 

Abortions are legal in Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT, and legal for some medical reasons in South Australia while they are a criminal offence in NSW unless, for example, a woman's life or mental health is at risk.

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