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Have your say on how Queensland should modernise its termination of pregnancy laws

The Queensland Law Reform Commission is reviewing Queensland’s termination of pregnancy laws. The terms of reference require the Commission to recommend how Queensland should amend its laws relating to the termination of pregnancy to:

  • remove terminations of pregnancy performed by duly registered medical practitioners from sections 224 (Attempts to procure abortion), 225 (The like by women with child), and 226 (Supplying drugs or instruments to procure abortion) of the Criminal Code (Qld); and
  • modernise and clarify the law.

The Commission is required to draft legislation to give effect to its recommendations.

In undertaking the review, the Commission is to have regard to the evidence and submissions received by the Parliamentary Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee in its consideration of the Abortion Law Reform (Woman’s Right to Choose) Amendment Bill 2016 and the Health (Abortion Law Reform) Amendment Bill 2016.

The Commission has released a consultation paper (WP No 76) inviting written submissions in response to the questions posed in the paper.

Details on how to make a submission, and the Commission’s privacy and confidentiality statement, are set out at the front of the paper, which is available at

Submissions should be sent to:

The Secretary
Queensland Law Reform Commission
PO Box 13312
George Street Post Shop QLD 4003
Facsimile: (07) 3247 9045

The closing date for submissions is 13 February 2018.

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Submit your response now. Closes 13 February 2018, 11.59pm.

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Last updated
 22 December 2017

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