Explainer: The gestation period in the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 should not be reduced below 22 weeks

Explainer: The gestation period in the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 should not be reduced below 22 weeks

The bill currently being debated to decriminalize abortion in NSW allows for a medical practitioner to perform an abortion after 22 weeks gestation where they have consulted with another medical practitioner and both consider the abortion appropriate in all the circumstances. It has been suggested that the bill should be amended to reduce the gestation period to 20 weeks. This briefing note explains why that would undermine the reproductive health outcomes of women.

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