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New South Wales Has Decriminalised Abortion

New South Wales Has Decriminalised Abortion

It ends the 119 year ban on the procedure.

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

New South Wales has voted to decriminalise abortion, ending the 119 year ban on the procedure.

After going back and forth, politicians agreed to make changes to the Crimes Act and remove abortion from being a punishable offence.

Previously, abortion has only been permissible in the state if a doctor finds a 'economic, social or medical ground or reason that abortion is required to avoid serious danger to the pregnant woman's life or to her physical or mental health'.

The bill, brought forward by Alex Greenwich eight weeks ago, has become the third-longest bill debated in the history of the upper house.

The debate has lasted five days with 102 amendments and 26 divisions.

More to come.

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Topics: News, Australia