Abortion Legislation Bill

About this bill

This omnibus bill amends the law to decriminalise abortion, better align the regulation of abortion services with other health services, and modernise the legal framework for abortion currently set out in the Crimes Act 1961 and the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977.

Current status

Royal Assent given 23 March 2020.
Enacted as the Abortion Legislation Act 2020 (2020/6)

Member of Parliament responsible
Bill type

Government bill



All data
Bill type Government bill
Parliament 52
Ref 164-3
Introduced 5 August 2019
First reading 8 August 2019
Select Committee Abortion Legislation Committee
Public submissions due 19 September 2019
Select Committee report back 14 February 2020
Second reading 3 March 2020
Committee of the whole House 17 March 2020
Third reading 18 March 2020
Royal Assent 23 March 2020
Enacted as Abortion Legislation Act 2020 (2020/6)
Divided No

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