Sydney Morning Herald reports: The Northern Territory government has voted to legalise the medical termination of pregnancy and passed law decriminalising abortion. Health Minister Natasha Fyles tabled the bill which passed through Government late Tuesday night, 20 votes for, four against, after a long debate. This news is in contrast to Queensland which, as Fairfax Media noted last year, has the country's most restrictive abortion legislation. In November is was revealed that Marie Stopes International would cease surgical terminations in two of its north Queensland clinics.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner, a supporter of the bill, said the decision now provides Territory women the same choices afforded to others around the country.
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