The Victorian Law Reform Commission's report on abortion was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 28 May 2008.
The Commission's final report provided three models for the decriminalisation of abortion and in September 2008 a Bill was introduced in Parliament that reflected Model B in the Commission’s report. All parties allowed members of Parliament to make a conscience vote and in October the Bill was passed by both houses.
The Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 removes provisions about abortion from the Crimes Act. Under the Act, a woman will be able to access abortion up to a gestational limit of 24 weeks. After that point a medical practitioner will be able to provide an abortion if another practitioner agrees that an abortion is appropriate in all the circumstances.
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