abortionAs each state in Australia has its own disparate abortion legislation with variances in time frames and approval processes, Medical Forum compiled a succinct list of each state’s requirements and limitations on abortion:

  • ACT: Legal on request.
    • Accessible up to 14 weeks; 14-24 weeks terminations must be approved by a doctor.
    • Legal since 2002
    • Protesters must keep 50 meters away from abortion clinics
  • NT: Legal on request.
    • Accessible up to 14 weeks with the approval of one doctor; 14-24 weeks, the approval of two doctors is required.
    • Legal since 2017
    • Protesters must keep 150 meters away from abortion clinics
  • QLD: Legal on request.
    • Accessible up to 22 weeks. After 22 weeks, the approval of two doctors required.
    • Legal since 2018
    • Protesters must keep 150 meters away from abortion clinics
  • SA: Legal but restricted.
    • Accessible up to 23 weeks with the approval of two doctors who agree a woman’s physical and/or mental health is endangered by pregnancy, or for serious fetal abnormality.
    • Legal since 1969
    • No restrictions for protesters
  • TAS: Legal on request.
    • Accessible up to 16 weeks. After 16 weeks, the approval of two doctors is required.
    • Legal since 2013
    • Protesters must keep 150 meters away from abortion clinics
  • VIC: Legal on request.
    • Accessible up to 24 weeks with the approval of two doctors.
    • Legal since 2008
    • Protesters must keep 150 meters away from abortion clinics
  • WA: Legal on request.
    • Accessible up to 20 weeks. After 20 weeks, the approval of two doctors is required.
    • Legal since
    • No restrictions for protesters
  • NSW: Illegal.
    • Abortion is a crime for women and doctors unless;
      • when a doctor believes a woman’s physical and/or mental health is endangered by pregnancy, or for serious fetal abnormality.
      • depending on social and economic factors
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