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Abortion rights could be decriminalized according to proposed laws in New South Wales after the law was made a criminal offense in the 1900 legislation
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Abortion can be decriminalized and termination of pregnancy can become a new medical procedure according to new proposed laws.

The Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill 2019, a bill for private members, will be introduced to the NSW Parliament this week by independent MP Alex Greenwich.

The bill states that a woman does not commit a criminal offense if she carries out a termination within the framework of the legislation and would change the offenses.

Abortion rights could be decriminalized according to proposed laws in New South Wales after the law was made a criminal offense in the 1900 legislation

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Abortion rights could be decriminalized according to proposed laws in New South Wales after the law was made a criminal offense in the 1900 legislation

The Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill 2019, a bill for private members, will be introduced to parliament this week by the independent parliamentarian for Sydney, Alex Greenwich (photo)

The Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill 2019, a bill for private members, will be introduced to parliament this week by the independent parliamentarian for Sydney, Alex Greenwich (photo)

The Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill 2019, a bill for private members, will be introduced to parliament this week by the independent parliamentarian for Sydney, Alex Greenwich (photo)

Upon request, it would allow termination for women up to 22 weeks of pregnancy.

After this period, termination is permitted if two doctors believe it should be performed in light of future physical, social, and psychological conditions.

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The bill would also create a new offense under the Crimes Act for those who assist in terminations who are not authorized to do so – with a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

WHAT DOES THE PROPOSED INVOICE FORWARD?

The bill states that a woman does not commit a criminal offense if she carries out a termination within the framework of the legislation and would change the offenses.

Upon request, it would allow termination for women up to 22 weeks of pregnancy.

After this period, termination is permitted if two doctors believe it should be performed in light of future physical, social, and psychological conditions.

The bill would also create a new offense under the Crimes Act for those who assist in terminations who are not authorized to do so – with a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

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& # 39; The bill ensures that women in NSW have access to safe and legal terminations without the threat of criminal convictions and offers doctors the legal clarity that they have been looking for for a long time & # 39 ;, Greenwich said in a statement on Sunday.

Based on laws in Queensland and Victoria, the bill also has the support of the Australian Medical Association NSW.

It was developed by a cross-party working group, including the National Trevor Khan and Labor Penny Sharpe and Jo Haylen, under the supervision of Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

Mr. Hazzard said Sunday that doctors should make decisions based on court interpretations about what the law allows, what & # 39; always leaves the possibility open & # 39; that the doctor or woman can be sentenced under the Crimes Act.

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Women should have the & # 39; absolute clarity of black and white legislation & # 39; around the issue as they do in some other states and territories, he told reporters in Sydney.

The bill states that a woman does not commit a criminal offense if she carries out a termination within the framework of the legislation and would change the offenses

The bill states that a woman does not commit a criminal offense if she carries out a termination within the framework of the legislation and would change the offenses

The bill states that a woman does not commit a criminal offense if she carries out a termination within the framework of the legislation and would change the offenses

& # 39; To think that maybe someone is in a doctor's office today, possibly tomorrow, and will be told that & # 39; your decision is not a health decision, it is not your decision, it is actually something that you could accuse of criminal prosecution & # 39; is just wrong, & said Mr. Hazzard.

& # 39; I believe it is time to be respectful in the debate, but also to recognize that it is time for change. & # 39;

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Although there are & # 39; people with very strong opinions & # 39; Mr. Hazzard says that he is certain that this & # 39; careful and respectful & # 39; will be expressed.

& # 39; Personally, people may not support abortion or termination, that may be their decision. But what this bill does is that others have the right to get their termination, regardless of the opinion of others in a health framework. & # 39;

He believes that there will be a vote of conscience about the bill and hopes that it will get the approval of parliament.

Based on laws in Queensland and Victoria, the bill also has the support of the Australian Medical Association NSW

Based on laws in Queensland and Victoria, the bill also has the support of the Australian Medical Association NSW

Based on laws in Queensland and Victoria, the bill also has the support of the Australian Medical Association NSW

WHAT ARE ABORTION DUTIES IN AUSTRALIA?

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NEW SOUTH WALES

In New South Wales, abortions are considered illegal under the NSW Crimes Act 1900.

If an abortion is carried out illegally, the penalty is a maximum of ten years.

Abortions are considered if the doctor determines that the mental and physical health of the woman is at risk.

Economic and social factors are also taken into account.

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QUEENSLAND

Abortions were removed from criminal law in Queensland in 2018.

The new laws allowed abortions for up to 22 weeks on request. A doctor must then consult another person to determine whether an abortion should be performed.

Doctors who object to abortions must release this information.

A safe zone exists 150 meters around an abortion clinic.

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VICTORIA

Victoria & # 39; s abortion legislation allows termination up to 24 weeks.

After this, it is still legal, but two doctors must determine whether it is in the mother's interest based on her physical, social, and mental well-being.

The state also has a buffer zone that prevents protesters within 150 meters of the clinic.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL AREA

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Abortion is legal in the ACT and must be provided by a doctor in a designated facility.

TASMANA

Abortion was decimalised in Tasmania in 2013 and women have access to termination procedures for up to 16 weeks.

After 16 weeks a doctor – who consults another person – can perform an abortion with the consent of the woman.

The doctors – with at least one specialized in obstetrics or gynecology – must take the well-being of women into account.

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She does not have to refer to counseling.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

South Australia requires two doctors to agree with a woman's health – mentally or physically – and before 28 weeks.

They must be performed in a prescribed facility and the woman must live in the state – but these can be ignored in an emergency.

A woman can be charged for having an illegal pregnancy.

WEST AUSTRALIA

Abortions are legal for up to 20 weeks, but restrictions apply.

A woman must participate in counseling before she can end her pregnancy, while a person under the age of 16 must tell one parent.

After 20 weeks, obtaining an abortion is restrictive – whereby the woman must get approval from at least two doctors from a panel of six.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Abortion is legal up to 23 weeks after it has been approved by a doctor.

Termination before 14 weeks only needs one doctor's approval. Then two doctors have to approve it.

Past 23 weeks of pregnancy can be ended if the woman's life is in danger.

The AMA said that NSW was the last state in Australia to decriminalize abortion, leaving women and doctors under a & # 39; different and stigmatized legal arrangement vis-à-vis other states & # 39; were placed.

The bill "reflects the common law rights that currently exist, while the stigma and legal uncertainty associated with abortion is included in the Crimes Act", said AMA NSW in a statement.

The NSW Pro-Choice Alliance said it was a & long way & # 39; Has been.

& # 39; Most noticeable for women with unintended pregnancies, but also for the health, legal, political and women's services who have fought long and hard to destroy this law in recent decades, & # 39; said the president of the alliance Wendy McCarthy in a statement.

Greens MP Jenny Leong congratulated those who had insisted on the reform.

& # 39; It's time for women to have the right to make decisions about their own bodies. It is time for abortion legislation reform, & Mrs. Leong said in a statement.

The AMA said that NSW was the last state in Australia to decriminalize abortion, placing women and doctors under a different and stigmatized legal arrangement vis-à-vis other states

The AMA said that NSW was the last state in Australia to decriminalize abortion, placing women and doctors under a different and stigmatized legal arrangement vis-à-vis other states

The AMA said that NSW was the last state in Australia to decriminalize abortion, placing women and doctors under a different and stigmatized legal arrangement vis-à-vis other states

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