Abortion bills introduced to Western Australian parliament.

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Abstract

Police charges against two doctors who were involved in an abortion in West Australia in February 1998 prompted the introduction of two bills to the state's Legislative Assembly and Upper House. West Australia's Attorney-General, Peter Foss, introduced a bill to the Legislative Assembly which permits induced abortion if a pregnancy is causing serious danger to the mother's physical or mental health; if serious danger to her physical or mental health will result if the abortion is not performed; if the woman will otherwise experience serious personal, family, social, or economic consequences; or if she gives informed consent. Informed consent is defined as consent given by the woman after she has received counseling about the consequences of an induced abortion. This bill can allow for either no change in the current framework or abortion upon demand since the Attorney has stated that members may accept all or none of the options, or something in between. Debate began on March 17 and will probably be heated. A Private Member's Bill was introduced into the West Australian Upper House which would repeal the sections of the Criminal Code on abortion. As such, abortion would become a matter to be determined by only a woman and her doctor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)892-892
Number of pages1
JournalThe Lancet
Volume351
Issue number9106
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

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