Abortion became legal in South Australia in 1969 with accompanying protections under the Criminal Law Consolidation Act.

It is permissible when necessary to protect the life or physical or mental health of the woman – taking into account the current and reasonably foreseeable future – or in cases when the child was likely to be born with serious handicaps.

SA women can currently have an abortion on request with easily acquired consent of two doctors.

Abortions may be performed by doctors up to 28 weeks.

Girls under the age of 16 do not require parental knowledge or consent for either surgical or medical abortion.

Abortions must be performed in the safety of a hospital and are also subject to a residency requirement.

The hospital, dual approval and residency requirement may be waived in an emergency.┬áThe term “emergency” is applied broadly.

RU486 (medical abortion or abortion pills) has only passed the screening of the Therapeutic Goods Administration and been made available in Australia since February 2006.