The Abortion Law Reform Act 2019 ensures termination of pregnancy (abortion) is treated as a health issue rather than a criminal issue. The Act:
For further information, please see the Summary of the Abortion Law Reform Act 2019.
The legislation details the steps a registered health practitioner must take if they ‘conscientiously object’ to performing, assisting in or advising on an abortion because it conflicts with their own personal beliefs, values or moral concerns. If a health practitioner conscientiously objects, they must tell you in a timely fashion. They must also either provide you with information on how to locate or contact a medical practitioner [PDF] who does not conscientiously object or transfer your care to such a provider.
The requirement to provide information may be met by directing a woman to the Pregnancy Choices Helpline on 1800 008 463 or the Pregnancy Choices websitewhich provides information on abortion providers.
If you have concerns about your health practitioner, you can make a complaint to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission
The Abortion Law Reform Act 2019 (Act) commenced on 2 October 2019. The Act amends the Crimes Act 1900 to repeal the provisions of that Act relating to termination of pregnancy and to abolish the common law offences relating to termination of pregnancy.