Feedback for new Abortion Law

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Feedback for new Abortion Law

Regional residents are being asked for their views on a Draft Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020.

Member for Frome Geoff Brock MP is asking his constituents to contact him with their views about the Bill, which will reform the law relating to pregnancy terminations and regulate the conduct of health practitioners in relation to pregnancy terminations while also making amendments to the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 and the Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) Act 2009.

“Essentially, the new Bill will make abortion a health issue instead of a criminal one, and follows an extensive report by the SA Law Reform Institute in December which recommended that abortion laws be regulated under health law,” Mr Brock said.

The new Bill will also remove the requirement that a woman would need approval from two medical practitioners if she were seeking a pregnancy termination for up to 22 weeks and 6 days gestation, which is the current law.

After this period, a second medical practitioner will be required to be consulted.

The proposed Bill is consistent with recommendations from the South Australian Criminal Law Reform Institute, who have conducted the independent review of abortion laws, and as well as removing the criminal law and gestational limits for surgical termination reflects that women should be the primary decision makers in respect to their own health care.

The proposed Bill is available to view on Mr Brock’s website:

Mr Brock is asking for constituents in his Frome electorate to contact him with their views on the proposed Bill.  “I take all constituent views into consideration when various bills are discussed in Parliament and have been meeting with various groups about this matter,” Mr Brock said.

You can call into the electorate office, Shop C. Ellen Centre, Port Pirie or phone 8633 1210 or email: [email protected] to provide your feedback.