'Archaic' NSW Should Legalise Abortion, Lawyers Say
Australian human rights lawyers have called out the NSW government for its "extraordinarily archaic" position on abortion and urged the state to follow Queensland's example.
NSW is the last state where abortion is still technically a crime after the Queensland parliament on Wednesday night passed laws to legalise abortion up to 22 weeks' gestation.
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights applauded the decision and called on NSW to immediately follow suit.
"NSW now finds itself in an extraordinarily archaic position in regards to its laws on the termination of pregnancy," ALHR president Kerry Weste said in a statement on Thursday.
The same call was made by NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann who said access to safe, affordable and legal abortion services should be a right for all women in NSW.
"NSW is now the last state in Australia where abortion is still technically a crime and it is past time that this outdated and offensive section is removed from the Crimes Act in NSW," Faehrmann said.
This was echoed by women's rights organisation Fair Agenda.
"The system in NSW is hurting women; it is out of touch and out of date," executive director Renee Carr said.
"Queensland's historic reform was just passed with support from members in the ALP, LNP, Greens and an independent. This issue is above partisan politics and it's time NSW brought its laws out of the dark ages."
The NSW premier has been contacted for comment.