Australia: Greens push to decriminalise abortion in NSW, stop protesters harassing women

Mehreen Faruqi introduced the private member's bill to Parliament. ABC News

By state political reporter Sarah Gerathy

Posted Aug 10 at 9:38pm, ABC News

The Greens have made a push to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales and ban protesters from harassing women entering abortion clinics.

Despite a 1971 court decision providing access to abortion in NSW on certain grounds, it is still technically an offence under the state's Crimes Act.

NSW and Queensland are currently the only states which have not used legislation to confirm a woman's right to terminate their pregnancy.

The Greens have introduced a private member's bill seeking to decriminalise abortion by removing it from the Crimes Act, which was drafted more than 100 years ago.

Source: ABC News, Australia