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ABORTION LAW REFORM ACT 2008 - SECT 8

Obligations of registered health practitioner who has conscientious objection

    (1)     If a woman requests a registered health practitioner to advise on a proposed abortion, or to perform, direct, authorise or supervise an abortion for that woman, and the practitioner has a conscientious objection to abortion, the practitioner must—

        (a)     inform the woman that the practitioner has a conscientious objection to abortion; and

        (b)     refer the woman to another registered health practitioner in the same regulated health profession who the practitioner knows does not have a conscientious objection to abortion.

    (2)     Subsection (1) does not apply to a practitioner who is under a duty set out in subsection (3) or (4).

    (3)     Despite any conscientious objection to abortion, a registered medical practitioner is under a duty to perform an abortion in an emergency where the abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman.

    (4)     Despite any conscientious objection to abortion, a registered nurse is under a duty to assist a registered medical practitioner in performing an abortion in an emergency where the abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman.

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Pt 3 (Heading and ss 9–12) repealed by No. 58/2008 s. 12.

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