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Recent developments in abortion law

12 Oct 2016

Professor Heather Douglas (UQ) and Caroline de Costa (JCU) have a new publication in the Medical Journal of Australia on recent developments regarding abortion law in NSW and Queensland.

View the article: 'Time to Repeal Outdated Abortion Laws in New South Wales and Queensland' (2016) 205 (8) Medical Journal of Australia 1-3

The article has received the below media coverage.

Legalise abortion now, experts say

Courier Mail: University of Queensland Professor Heather Douglas, and James Cook University Professor Caroline de Costa have called for the decriminalisation of abortion in Queensland and NSW, in a paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia today.

Century-old abortion laws force children to face court seeking terminations

Brisbane Times: A 12-year-old Queensland girl had to argue for an abortion in Queensland's Supreme Court in April 2016 despite having approval from her doctor, her family, her obstetrician and a public hospital for the termination.

Australian Abortion Laws Are Outdated And Must Change

Gizmodo Australia: Outdated abortion laws in New South Wales and Queensland are jeopardising the independence of doctors and causing undue emotional distress to patients — and doctors are speaking out for reform.

Call for NSW, Qld abortion laws to be overhauled as 'grey area' leads to expense, distress

ABC News: An article in the Medical Journal of Australia is calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Queensland and New South Wales, arguing that the states' laws are outdated and causing undue distress to patients.