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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1487..



larger in floor area, of a similar height and is consistent with Territory Plan building setbacks.

Category 3: Replacing the destroyed residence with another that is substantially different.

Abortion

(Question No 562)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

In relation to abortions in the ACT:

(1) How many abortions have been performed in the ACT between 1 October 2002 and 31 March 2003;

(2) How many abortions were performed in the ACT between 1 April 2002 and 30 September 2002;

(3) How many abortions were performed in the ACT between 1 October 2001 and 31 March 2002;

(4) Can you advise of how many of the patients who had abortions were from the ACT and how many of the patients were from other states and territories for each of the periods outlined above;

(5) Could you further advise of which states and territories the interstate patients were from during each of the periods specified above.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) The following pieces of legislation dealing with the issue of abortion were passed in the Legislative Assembly on 21 August 2002:

the Health Regulation (Maternal Health Information) Repeal Act 2002;

the Crimes Amendment Act 2002; and

the Medical Practitioners (Maternal Health) Amendment Act 2002.

As a result of the legislative changes which came into effect on 9 September 2002, there is no longer a requirement to collect abortion data. As most abortions are conducted in the private sector, information on the number of abortions carried out in the ACT between 1 October 2002 and 31 March 2003 is not available.

(2) The number of abortions performed in the ACT between 1 April 2002 and 8 September 2002 was 522.

(3) The number of abortions performed in the ACT between 1 October 2001 and 31 March 2002 was 598.


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