NSW Parliament To Debate Controversial Zoe's Law

A controversial bill that would make it a separate crime to kill an unborn child in NSW is set to be debated in the state parliament.

The bill, introduced by Christian Democrat leader Reverend Fred Nile, would amend the crimes act to create a separate offence of causing harm to, or the death of, an unborn child.

Critics of the bill, expected to be debated in the upper house on Thursday, have raised concerns it could encroach on women's reproductive rights and further complicate the state's abortion laws.

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NSW Family Planning Director of Medical Services Deb Bateson said the bill could further restrict women's access to lawful abortions.

"This bill is unnecessary and presents a real risk to women's reproductive rights by giving legal personhood to a fetus," Dr Bateson said in a statement.