Queensland Abortion Laws: Criminalising One in Three Women

  • Katherine Kerr


In an era where abortion is one of the safest and most common medical or surgical procedures, its criminalisation in Queensland serves no valid purpose beyond a form of oppression against women and a State attempt to dictate or influence a woman’s capacity to determine whether to continue a pregnancy. Sections 224, 225 and 226 of the Criminal Code 1899 (Qld) (Criminal Code) criminalise the provision of, assistance in, and undergoing an abortion. These provisions contain no explicit rationale, defence or exemption. Criminalisation affects accessibility of services, availability of information regarding options, and implies a social condemnation of a woman’s choice to access abortion. Women must be ensured autonomy to make decisions that affect their own lives and individual circumstances. Policy ensuring the safe and lawful provision of abortion should be focused on the protection and promotion of women’s health and wellbeing, rather than on criminalisation and punishment.
Jul 15, 2014
How to Cite
KERR, Katherine. Queensland Abortion Laws: Criminalising One in Three Women. QUT Law Review, [S.l.], v. 14, n. 2, july 2014. ISSN 2201-7275. Available at: <https://lr.law.qut.edu.au/article/view/540>. Date accessed: 01 feb. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.5204/qutlr.v14i2.540.
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