Abortion Law in New South Wales: The Problem with Necessity

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    In 1861 the United Kingdom Parliament enacted the Offences against the Person
    Act,1 which, pursuant to ss 58 –9, made abortion a criminal offence.2 At the turn of the 20th century, New South Wales, along with all other Australian jurisdictions,
    enacted statutory provisions on abortion modelled on this 19th century English
    legislation. The NSW provisions, contained within ss 82–4 of the Crimes Act
    1900 (NSW), are practically identical to the 1861 UK Act.3
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)32-70
    Number of pages39
    JournalMonash University Law Review
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018


    • abortion law
    • Australian jurisdictions
    • NSW
    • woman's health
    • law reform


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