What is the legal status of abortion in NSW?


Abortion is still contained within the criminal code in New South Wales, at sections 82 to 84 of the Crimes Act 1900. These laws have not changed since they were first written 119 years ago. This means that accessing an abortion is a criminal offence on the part of the woman and her health care provider unless certain conditions are satisfied. In contrast, in most other states around Australia, abortion is regulated as a healthcare procedure. Victoria achieved decriminalisation in 2008, and Queensland in 2018.