Talk:Abortion in Australia

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While it is true to say that the law in Victoria is based on Menhennitt, that is not a true statement of the position in Victoria. Effectively, the law is ignored, and if a woman seeks an abortion in the early stages of pregnancy she will get it on demand. Obfuscations about how a pregnancy might upset her (and therefore harm her mental health) are accepted without question.

Avalon 05:14, 15 November 2005 (UTC)

WP:CITE. Ambi 11:56, 15 November 2005 (UTC)

Victoria (Crimes Act 1958) Abortion will be lawful if the medical practitioner held an honest belief on reasonable grounds that the abortion was both ‘necessary’ and ‘proportionate’. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:25, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

Disambiguation for Knight[edit]

Peter Knight had a redlink of "Peter Knight (murderer)". While abhorrent, I'm not sure if politically-motivated violence comes under the category of murder, even if that was what he was convicted of. "Terrorist" is regarded as a no-no by many, and the actions weren't aimed at putting pressure on the government. Would "Peter Knight (killer)" be better? Andjam 02:49, 18 January 2006 (UTC)

He was convicted of murder. This makes the title of a murderer a verifiable fact in his case. Ambi 03:11, 18 January 2006 (UTC)
Did you read my comment? Andjam 03:39, 18 January 2006 (UTC)
Yeah, NSW has that "Politically Motivated Killings" exemption for murder in the 2006 Bill "Crimes Act (Politically Motivated Killings not Murder)" which has just received assent. Other states are bound to follow. I, for one, eagerly anticipate being able to kill those damn "crack eggs at the little end"ers and avoid gaol under the bill. Fifelfoo 05:58, 18 January 2006 (UTC)
Please try to be more civil. Andjam 12:16, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

Abortion-related litigation[edit]

Would it be relevant to mention "wrongful birth" and wrongful life cases in Australia in this article? Andjam 12:16, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

Mightn't be bad as a seperate section at the bottom. Rebecca 11:51, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Recent additions of data from polls[edit]

There was some unsourced data from a February poll added to the page, I've located the source, identified it, and removed some points that, as far as I can tell, do not appear to correlate with the source (but were misreported in the media). I've also found two points of view on the study (commissioned by an anti-abortion group), here and here. There is also a SMH article. There ought to be debate on whether or not this source should be included, or whether it should be included with the critiques. The questions and the complete data are in the report (PDF). The sample size seems small to me, and the questions somewhat loaded, I would think that some more reliable statistics could be found and used in preference to these. --bainer (talk) 14:10, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

The fact that the poll was commissioned by a pro-life group and uses loaded terms (e.g. "unborn child") is problematic. I definitely wouldn't include these data under the "Public opinion" sub-section of Abortion, due to the neutrality concern, for the same reason I rejected a a 2001 U.K. poll conducted by MORI and commissioned BPAS. However, because the country-specific abortion articles aren't held to the same standard of brevity as the top-tier Abortion article, they're the perfect place for more in-depth discussion of national opinion polls and their surrounding bias. I've created a seperate "Public opinion" section, as there is at Abortion in Canada, and moved in the Australian public opinion data from Abortion. Anyone wishing to add further opinion poll or information can do so there now. -Severa (!!!) 02:33, 27 July 2006 (UTC)


there was a discussion about removing australia's state borders from the world map showing abortion and making a separate one for australia. this is as close as i can understand it from what is on this page, if its incorrect it can be changed easily.--Astrokey44 07:37, 29 July 2006 (UTC)

Greak work, Astrokey! Thanks for taking the initiative in making this map. -Severa (!!!) 03:37, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

The map is incorrect as to Tasmania at least. The law in Tas doesn't refer to rape as a reason for an abortion to be lawful. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:31, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

Could this be updated with the progress/completion of the bill?[edit]

In early 2006, a private members bill was introduced in the Senate to strip the health minister of their power of veto over abortifacients. This bill was approved by both houses of parliament, but as of February 16, 2006 it is still awaiting assent. Health Minister Tony Abbott and previous ministers wouldn't allow it to be made available prior to the vote. Abbott responded to the vote by calling for funding of alternative counselling to pregnant women through church-affiliated groups.( 03:13, 12 April 2007 (UTC)).

Australia is not unique in the state-by-state legislation[edit]

The article states: "unlike any other country, with the possible exception of the United States."

That is incorrect. Mexico, my home country, is another example where abortion, at least currently, is regulated on a state-by-state basis.

Suman Sood or Suman Mood?[edit]

The Australian calls her Sood and shouldn't her title be Dr and should she be referred to as doctor Suman Sood not abortionist Suman Sood? Also might be worth mentioning that she was acquitted of manslaughter and that the case involved administering prostoglandin to a woman outside a hospital setting. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Lucy1958 (talkcontribs) 04:30, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

History of abortion in the ACT[edit]

The comment about ACT following NSW law may be technically correct. However, my understanding as a person living there was that for a long time after abortion had been made pretty freely available in NSW and Vic. as a result of judicial decisions, the ACT was a Federal Territory and Federal Ministers responsible for the ACT made abortion difficult to obtain in practice. There was no dedicated clinic and I am not sure if it was not possible at all in hospitals or just that they had procedures which were more onerous than abortion clinics. In any case many women travelled to Sydney for abortions at clinics there.Lucy1958 (talk) 04:39, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

Recent prosecution (2009)[edit]

The case of a young woman and her boyfriend who obtained an abortificant by ordering it over the web and have been prosecuted may be worth mentioning Sydney Morning Herald editorial Lucy1958 (talk) 04:48, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

WP Aus B-class assessment[edit]

Still B class, some concerns over referencing the lack of inline citations in particular could raise WP:BLP issues. Gnangarra 04:03, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Updates on legality?[edit]

At here, the UN claims that the entire country allows abortion for any of the listed reasons, in disagreement with the article. Has there been a liberalization in recent years in all Australian states, or did the UN get it wrong? —[AlanM1(talk)]— 13:57, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Anti-abortion and Abortion-rights vs Pro-life and Pro-choice[edit]

The AP recommends using the terms 'anti-abortion' and 'abortion rights' to describe sides of the Abortion debate without using political framing techniques. There is some contention with these terms, with anti-abortion side of the debate not wanting to be labelled as 'anti'. See United States pro-life movement#Controversies over terminology

Currently there are 4 articles:

It seems that for articles referring to the United States, the 'pro-life' and 'pro-choice' terms are preferred, while international discussion more commonly uses the terms 'anti-abortion' and 'abortion rights'.

I've changed a link from pro-life to Anti-abortion movements as I think this reflects the AP terminology, which I think is correct for an article about Australia. If this is opposed, please discuss this on the talk page, don't just get into an edit war. -- Aronzak (talk) 08:02, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Agreed. Both "pro-life" and "pro-choice" are weaselly bunny-hugging terms designed to be difficult to disagree with. "Abortion rights" is a little weaselly, because I figure if it's good enough to describe one side as anti-, then it should be good enough to describe the other simply as pro-. Naming one side as a "-rights" movement immediately positions your opponents as oppressors. But it is an improvement, and if that's the current state of play on Wiki then I guess it will stay that way. Abortion as a topic is generally a hornets nest I don't have the stomach for rocking. --Yeti Hunter (talk) 08:13, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Change in Tasmanian laws[edit]

Last week a bill passed the Tasmanian parliament to fully decriminalise abortion. I'm not sure on the legal specifics, especially in reference to the map shown.

Map of Australia, abortion laws updated.svg


As I understand it, the laws are similar to Vic/ACT except they also have a distance around abortion clinics where protesters are not allowed - which would make them the most liberal/progressive laws in Australia. Does anyone know further details? -- Chuq (talk) 10:17, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

CES super clinics NSW[edit]

This article states that Kirby J expanded the grounds for abortion, except that the other two judges uphold the existing wald test should kirby J statements be seen as obiter. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:00, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Reverted to earlier version[edit]

I have reverted this article to its January 2015 version for the following reasons: first, an editor vandalised the article months ago and some of that still hasn't been removed. Second, another editor revised the entire article and in the process removed some arguably important information (such as the details of recent decriminalisation votes) and included some incorrect or contradictory statements (such as that Queensland allows abortion "on request" which is strongly contradicted by the map). Can it first be discussed here what is wrong with the current version, which seems more accurate and informative than the article has been for the past few monts, before making revisions to the whole article?Colonial Overlord (talk) 07:17, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

Hi Overlord. I reverted your revert, as none of the material appeared to qualify as WP:VANDALISM. Additionally, several references and quite a lot of material were removed with it, which was a useful addition to the article. True, some of the statements were unreferenced, some could be read as pushing a POV, but I do not think an eleven-month revert was justified. You raise some valid concerns, but surely they can be dealt with on a more targeted basis? Can you explain which particular edits you think are problematic? --Yeti Hunter (talk) 09:55, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

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RU-486 banned when?[edit]

Currently the introduction states "RU-486, an abortifacient widely used overseas, has been available in Australia only since February 2006" whereas the section describing this states "RU-486, a drug widely used overseas as an abortifacient, was effectively banned in Australia in 1996" and then goes on to describe how it was "effectively banned" (but not when) and then states that this ban was removed in 2006. I have changed the wording of the first sentence in the relevant paragraph to say "was effectively banned in Australia until 1996", but this still needs more clarification.Rscragun (talk) 20:38, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

Northern Territory[edit]

Noticed this week that the Northern Territory legalised abortions, with similar laws to Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT (the only difference being that abortion will need 1 doctor's sign off up to 15 weeks, and 2 doctors' sign off up to 24 weeks). The head graphic of Australia will need to be updated. Magpieram (talk) 21:14, 24 March 2017 (UTC)