Abortion law in Victoria

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Abortion is a safe, common and legal medical procedure.  

In Victoria you can legally have an abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. 

Abortion is available from some public hospitals, private clinics, community health centres and some doctors in GP clincs.  

Abortion after 24 weeks is legal but is not common. Two doctors must agree the abortion is appropriate, considering the person's relevant medical situation, and their current and future physical, psychological and social circumstances. 
 

Conscientious objection: the law and your rights   

Some doctors will not provide abortion information or services because of their personal beliefs.  This is known as conscientious objection. 

In Victoria,  it is the law that doctors who have a conscientious objection must  refer any person who is seeking information about abortion to another doctor who doesn't object.  

You have the right to make a formal complaint against any doctor who fails to refer you to another doctor or service who can provide you with information on abortion. 
 

Making a complaint 

If your doctor has failed or refused to refer you to another doctor or service who can provide you with information on abortion you can make a complaint to: 

In Victoria, you have the right to make a complaint about a public or private health professional, service or provider. Some reasons you might make a complaint include: 

Safe access zones around abortion clinics  

In 2016, the Safe Access Zones Act was introduced to ensure anyone entering an abortion service, can do so safely and privately, without fear or harassment.  

This means that the following behaviours are not allowed within 150 metres of an abortion service. Engaging in these behaviours in a safe access zone is an offence:   

Not in Victoria? 

1800 My Options is a Victorian service. The information on this website relates to Victorian state laws and Victorian services. Abortion laws vary between Australian states and territories. If you are looking for information about abortion laws and abortion services in another Australian state or territory, please contact your local Family Planning Association. You can also find out more information about abortion law in Australia at Reproductive Choice Australia