Abortion Law Reform

Start date
27 February 2018
Belinda Clark QSO
Calling for submissions
Project contact
Dena Valente
04 473 3453
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Project Overview

The Minister of Justice has written to the Law Commission noting the Government’s intention to propose a policy shift to treat abortion as a health issue.

The Minister has asked the Commission, as a matter of priority, to provide advice on what alternative approaches could be taken in the legal framework to align with a health approach.

The scope of the Law Commission’s advice to the Minister will include reviewing the criminal aspects of abortion law, the statutory grounds for an abortion and the process for receiving services. These are contained in the Crimes Act 1961 and the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977.

The Law Commission will provide its advice in the form of a Ministerial briefing paper within eight months of the Minister’s 27 February 2018 request.

When developing its advice, the Commission will seek input from appropriate health professionals. 

The Commission has created a website that explains the current law and the process for receiving abortion services.  The Commission is inviting feedback from the public through the website or by email.

Website: abortionlaw.lawcom.govt.nz

Email address: alr@lawcom.govt.nz

People do not have to provide their name or contact details.

They can provide input until 5pm on 18 May 2018.