Submission to the NSW Legislative Council Inquiry into the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019
PIAC provided a short submission to this inquiry, supporting the call from a range of women’s, health and legal groups for abortion to be decriminalised in NSW.
This support is based on four, inter-related principles:
• The termination of a pregnancy should not be considered a criminal act.
• The termination of a pregnancy should be considered a health act.
• Decriminalisation of abortion will benefit pregnant people around NSW, including people from disadvantaged and/or regional, rural and remote communities.
• Decriminalisation of abortion provides certainty to doctors and health care professionals about the legality of providing these services.