Submission: Decriminalisation of abortion is central to the realisation of women's human rights.

The Human Rights Law Centre has made a submission to a Parliamentary Committee reviewing a proposed new law that will decriminalise abortion in Tasmania.

The HRLC’s Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, Rachel Ball, said abortion is currently the only publicly funded health service that is criminalised.

 “Criminalisation creates uncertainty and barriers to accessing important services. It undermines women's right to non-discrimination, health and privacy. We welcome these overdue reforms and encourage other states to take note,” said Ms Ball.

 The HRLC submission considers the human rights compatibility of three key aspects of the Bill:

(a)  access to abortion;

(b)  conscientious objection; and

(c)  access zones.

Download a copy of the submission here.