The law on abortion

In Australia women’s right to legal abortion is determined by state and territory law. In South Australia  a reform was enacted in 1969 that stated where and by whom the procedure could be performed by, and for what reasons. Abortions were only legal when necessary to protect the life or physical or mental health of a woman or in cases when the child was likely to be born with serious handicaps. They must be performed in hospitals and be approved by two medical practitioners.

State Library of South Australia PRG 1491/24/2/27