Submission to the Western Australian Department of Health – Abortion Legislation Reform Inquiry

Activity: Industry and government engagement/consultancySubmissions to or appearance before a government committee, inquiry or agency


My submission discusses the following matters: (a) the benefits of removing abortion from the Criminal Code; (b) difficulties with the statutory drafting of s 334(3)-(4) of the Health Act (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911 (‘the Health Act’) which sets out when an abortion is justified; (c) substitute decision-making and the meaning of informed consent in s 334(3)-(5) of the Health Act; (d) the use of gendered language in any legislation relating to abortion; and (e) other matters the Department has sought feedback on.
Period17 Dec 2022
Work forDepartment of Health (Western Australia), Australia, Western Australia
Degree of RecognitionRegional


  • Abortion
  • Healthcare
  • Medical care
  • Criminal law
  • Health law