NSW becomes last Australian state to decriminalise abortion
The move to decriminalise brings Australia's most populous state in line with the rest of the country.
Sept 25, 2019
Abortion has been decriminalised in Australia's most populous state of New South Wales after weeks of contentious debate, bringing its laws into line with the rest of the country.
Politicians from across the political spectrum voted on Thursday to overturn the laws that date back to 1900 and had left women and their doctors at risk of prosecution and a prison term of up to 10 years if an abortion was deemed "unlawful".
NSW upper house continues to debate key abortion bill changes
MPs are debating more than 30 amendments to the controversial bill to decriminalise abortion
Australian Associated Press
Wed 18 Sep 2019
The New South Wales upper house has passed an amendment to a bill decriminalising abortion that clarifies that doctors must provide appropriate care to babies born alive after a termination.
The Nationals MP Niall Blair, who introduced the amendment on Wednesday, said he wished he wasn’t moving it at all and it was disappointing that MPs had to codify what already existed.
Amendment Rejected As NSW Abortion Bill Debate Continues
Tue 17 Sep 2019
Debate has continued into the night on proposed amendments to the controversial bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW.
The upper house began debating amendments to the bill on Tuesday afternoon following the threat of a leadership spill against Premier Gladys Berejiklian over her handling of the private member's bill.
In its current form, the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 would allow terminations up to 22 weeks as well as later abortions if two doctors agree.
Abortion bill faces resistance in Australia's New South Wales
State's upper house drags feet in passing law legalising abortion despite an overwhelming 75-percent support by voters.
by Kate Walton
Sep 17, 2019
Canberra, Australia - Debate has begun in the upper house of the state of New South Wales (NSW) to decriminalise abortion, but what was expected to be a straightforward legislative process has triggered a furious backlash from conservative politicians and religious groups.
The Reproductive Health Care Act 2019, which seeks to bring the state in line with the rest of Australia, would allow abortion up to 22 weeks. It was passed by the state lower house in August, with 59 votes in favour and 31 against.
Anti-abortion groups rally after decriminalisation bill delayed until September
A vote on the bill to decriminalise abortion had been expected this week but opponents have campaigned furiously against it
Tue 20 Aug 2019
Thousands of anti-abortion protesters have rallied outside the NSW parliament after opponents of a bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales successfully delayed a final vote on the legislation until next month.
The parliament’s upper house began debating the reproductive healthcare reform bill on Tuesday, almost two weeks after it passed its first hurdle in the lower chamber.
NSW abortion law backers unlikely to support calls for sex selection ban
Supporters of bill to decriminalise abortion confident it can pass despite opponents’ campaign
on August 16, 2019
Supporters of a historic bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales remain confident it will make it through parliament unscathed despite the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, caving in to calls for bans on so-called “sex selection” terminations.
The bill’s passage through the lower house last week prompted a backlash from rightwing MPs, religious leaders and conservative figures in the media who have mounted a concerted campaign to derail the legislation ahead of the upper house vote.
Premier under abortion pressure
By Andrew Clennell
August 15, 2019
Gladys Berejiklian faces great pressure from her Liberal partyroom to put the abortion legislation she supports through a proper and long parliamentary inquiry process, after the NSW Premier yesterday backed down and said she would back a possible ban on gender selection abortions.
It comes amid growing unrest among some federal politicians about NSW’s abortion laws, with LNP senator for Queensland and Resources Minister Matt Canavan backing former deputy prime minister John Anderson’s concerns about the NSW legislation.
NSW abortion bill passes first hurdle in late-night sitting
Bill to decriminalise abortion passes lower house of parliament by 59 votes to 31 after lengthy debate
Thu 8 Aug 2019
After three days of wrangling, a historic bill to decriminalise abortions in New South Wales has cleared its first hurdle after passing through the state’s lower house.
The Reproductive Healthcare Reform bill passed 59 votes to 31 just before 11pm on Thursday night, though not without amendments that altered the bill from its original form.
NSW abortion bill passes first hurdle
8 Aug 2019
A NSW bill to decriminalise abortion has passed its first hurdle after a lengthy and passionate debate in the lower house.
However, proponents of the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 face further hurdles as it now goes to the upper house for consideration.
NSW abortion law: informed consent requirement confusing, says AMA
Bill made it through the first vote 56 to 33, but MPs are still debating more than a dozen amendments to legislation
Thu 8 Aug 2019
The introduction of a statutory requirement for doctors to gain “informed consent” before performing abortions in New South Wales will cause confusion and create an unnecessary “extra hurdle” to accessing a termination, the Australian Medical Association has warned.
The historic, cross-party bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW is being debated on the floor of the state’s parliament on Thursday, with wrangling over proposed amendments expected to go late into the night or even early Friday morning.