Abortion in Australia

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Abortion is more restrictive in Australia than other nations, but there were 5,147 medical abortions in 2002

In Australia, the matter of abortion is of state law rather than national law. In the entire nation, abortion is legal to protect the life of the woman if it is in danger. There is also no consent required from the woman's partner to receive an abortion. There is no enforced waiting period. The Australian Capital Territory was the first to legalize abortion in full. Other states allow them if the woman is in danger, or if "social, economic, or other situations" are seen as poor enough so that a woman would not be able to adequately take care of a child, decided by doctors.