Abortion removed from Tasmania's criminal code

Abortion removed from Tasmania's criminal code

Tasmanian parliament has voted to remove abortion from the state’s criminal code, joining Victoria and the ACT.

The bill passed through parliament last night at 7pm local time, after seven months of debate over the legislation.

It allows for terminations up to 16 weeks, with the woman’s consent and after 16 weeks, with the agreement of two doctors.

Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne, who introduced the bill, says law brings the state into line with community expectations and the overwhelming majority of medical, legal and human rights opinions.

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