The NT government introduced the 2021 Termination of Pregnancy Law Reform Legislation Amendment Bill on October 27, 2021.
While the media has focused on the NSW euthanasia / VAW bill, the Northern Territory (NT) decision to expand its abortion legislation has gone almost unnoticed.
If passed, this bill will amend and expand the abortion law of 2017 as follows:
- Eliminate the need for a second physician assessment for abortions up to 24 weeks gestation.
- Authorize interruptions from 24 weeks of gestation after consultation between 2 doctors, and
- Removes additional accreditation requirements for physicians who perform abortions, meaning they will no longer need to take additional training in addition to the training required by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
“As an organization, we have reached out to all 25 members of parliament to let them know that abortion at any stage is not acceptable and that late abortion is abhorrent not only to the pro-life movement but for society as a whole, ”said Dr. Rachel Carling, President of Right to Life Australia (RTLA).
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