As it happened: Justice Minister Andrew Little announces abortion policy

  • 05/08/2019

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Justice Minister Andrew Little is announcing details of the Government's abortion law reforms. 

Right now abortion is a crime, and women have to use a loophole to make it legal. Two doctors have to agree the pregnancy would put the patient in physical or mental danger.

In October 2018 the Law Commission recommended three options for reform:

  1. there's no test, the woman decides with her health practitioner
  2. there's a test and the woman would need to prove the abortion's appropriate
  3. there's only a test for later-term abortions - beyond 22 weeks

Newshub understands the Government has gone with none of the recommendations. It's chosen a more conservative version of option three - there would be a test after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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