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The Fight for Abortion Decriminalisation in NSW

This week, a proposal is set to be put to the NSW Parliament, urging a change to Abortion decriminalisation, and the establishment of protest-free zones around clinics.

Currently unlawful abortion is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, whereas unlawfully supplying a drug or instrument for use in Abortion is punishable by 5 years in prison. Abortion is legal in circumstances of women’s physical and mental health being in danger, but this is the doctors and the laws decision, not that of the woman.

In an adjournment speech last week Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi argued that the current NSW Crimes Act puts both doctors and women under risk of prosecution and persecution, calling the laws “archaic” and claiming they fuel further confusion about the issue.

The Daily was joined this morning by Mehreen Faruqi of the Greens for more.

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