Australia: Century-old abortion laws force children to face court seeking terminations

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October 10 2016 - 12:01AM

Tony Moore

A 12-year-old Queensland girl had to argue for an abortion in Queensland's Supreme Court in April 2016 despite having approval from her doctor, her family, her obstetrician and a public hospital for the termination.

"Q's case" has prompted two Queensland academics to argue it is time to change "outdated" 100-year-old abortion laws in Queensland and New South Wales.

"The decision of the health service to seek direction from the court underlines the fear and uncertainty on the part of doctors and administrators regarding the legality of abortion in Queensland," the authors write.

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Source: Brisbane Times