6 Aug 2019

Abortion law reform: Justice Minister talks details

From Morning Report, 7:21 am on 6 August 2019

The government is proposing to make it easier for women to have abortions, and takes the legislation out of the Crimes Act.

Under legislation unveiled on Monday, women will have an automatic right to an abortion in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

After 20 weeks, a health practitioner will have to assess whether an abortion is appropriate.

Justice Minister Andrew Little is in charge of the proposed legislation.

He tells Susie Ferguson he believes it strikes the right balance and that the 20-week mark is the right benchmark.