NEW SOUTH WALES.  Crimes Act 1900, as amended through 2003.

 

82  Administering drugs etc to herself by woman with child

Whosoever, being a woman with child, unlawfully administers to herself any drug or noxious thing, or unlawfully uses any instrument or other means, with intent in any such case to procure her miscarriage, shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.

 

83  Administering drugs etc to woman with intent

Whosoever unlawfully administers to, or causes to be taken by, any woman, whether with child or not, any drug or noxious thing, or unlawfully uses any instrument or other means, with intent in any such case to procure her miscarriage, shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.



84  Procuring drugs etc


Whosoever unlawfully supplies or procures any drug or noxious thing, or any instrument or thing whatsoever, knowing that the same is intended to be unlawfully used with intent to procure the miscarriage of any woman, whether with child or not, shall be liable to imprisonment for five years.

 

NOTE:  Under New South Wales case law, the above provisions have been interpreted to allow the performance of a legal abortion if a physician doctor has an honest and reasonable belief that the operation is necessary to preserve the woman involved from serious danger to her life or physical or mental health which the continuance of the pregnancy would entail.  In considering danger to mental health, the physician may take into account the effects of economic or social stress that may be pertaining to the time.