Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977

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Version as at 1 July 2022

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Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977

Public Act
1977 No 112
Date of assent
16 December 1977
see section 1

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Health.


Title [Repealed]
1Short Title and commencement
2ATransitional, savings, and related provisions
2BAct binds the Crown
3Sale or disposal, etc, of contraceptives to children [Repealed]
4Administering of contraceptives to mentally subnormal females
5Supply of contraceptives to sexual violation complainants
6Standards for manufacture of condoms
7Consent to sterilisation operation
8Reports on sterilisations
9Conditions relating to sterility not to be attached to loans or employment
10Provision of abortion services to women not more than 20 weeks pregnant
11Provision of abortion services to women more than 20 weeks pregnant
13Self-referral to abortion services
13ACertain behaviour prohibited in safe areas
13BPower of constable to arrest without warrant
13CRegulations: safe areas
14Conscientious objection
15Employer providing certain services must accommodate conscientious objection of applicant or employee unless it would cause unreasonable disruption
16Minister of Health to ensure availability of certain services
17Duty of Director-General to undertake periodic reviews of certain matters
18Duty of Director-General to compile, maintain, and make available list of abortion service providers
19Duty of Director-General to collect, collate, analyse, and publish information
20Abortion service provider to notify Director-General about abortion services provided
21Abortion for sole purpose of sex selection
22Reports to be presented to House of Representatives
23General regulation-making power
24Renewal of licences [Repealed]
25Cancellation of licences [Repealed]
26Appeals on questions of law to High Court [Repealed]
27Appeals against decisions of High Court [Repealed]
28Supervisory Committee may state case for High Court [Repealed]
29Abortions not to be performed unless authorised by 2 certifying consultants [Repealed]
30Supervisory Committee to set up and maintain list of certifying consultants [Repealed]
31Supervisory Committee to appoint or approve counselling services [Repealed]
32Procedure where woman seeks abortion [Repealed]
33Determination of case [Repealed]
33APerformance of abortion by other practitioner [Repealed]
34Special provisions where patient mentally subnormal [Repealed]
35Counselling [Repealed]
36Certifying consultants to keep records and submit reports [Repealed]
37Offences [Repealed]
38Crimes Act 1961 not affected [Repealed]
39Annual report [Repealed]
40Protection of persons acting in good faith [Repealed]
41Fees and travelling allowances [Repealed]
42Costs of administration [Repealed]
43Regulations [Repealed]
44Female procuring her own miscarriage [Repealed]
45Records of abortions to be forwarded to Supervisory Committee [Repealed]
46Conscientious objection [Repealed]
Title [Repealed]

Title: repealed, on 24 March 2020, by section 4 of the Abortion Legislation Act 2020 (2020 No 6).