Australia: Abortion decriminalised in Northern Territory after long campaign

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Abortion decriminalised in Northern Territory after long campaign

Labor-led parliament votes 20 to four to amend Medical Services Act and widen access to RU486 termination drug

Helen Davidson in Darwin
@heldavidson

Wednesday 22 March 2017

The Northern Territory has decriminalised abortion and widened access for women, including use of the RU486 termination drug.

After a years-long public campaign and failed attempts during the previous administration, the Labor-led parliament voted 20 votes to four on Tuesday in favour of a bill to amend the NT Medical Services Act and the criminal code. Labor members were given a conscience vote.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/22/abortion-decriminalised-in-northern-territory-after-long-campaign