Abortion Reform: A State Crime or a Woman's Right to Choose?

Douglas, Heather A. (2009) Abortion Reform: A State Crime or a Woman's Right to Choose?. Criminal Law Journal, 33 2: 74-86.

Author Douglas, Heather A.
Title Abortion Reform: A State Crime or a Woman's Right to Choose?
Journal name Criminal Law Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0314-1160
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 33
Issue 2
Start page 74
End page 86
Total pages 13
Editor Stephen Odgers
Mirko Bagaric
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
940403 Criminal Justice
Abstract Abortion law in Australia varies between States and Territories and many of the laws are outdated, confusing and uncertain. Ambiguity within the law has arguably grown since the introduction of medical abortion by means of drugs such as RU486. Despite widespread support for the provision of legalised abortion and access to relevant services, in most States, abortion continues to be a criminal offence and lawfully available only under certain circumstances. While most Australian jurisdictions have seen significant developments in abortion laws over the past 15 years, Queensland's abortion laws are extremely outdated. Proceeding on the basis that safe and legal access to abortion is both morally and socially desirable, this article critically examines the Queensland legal position in relation to abortion before turning to an overview of developments in other jurisdictions. The article concludes that law reform is urgently needed throughout most of Australia and particularly in Queensland.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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