Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977

  • This version was reprinted on 26 February 2016 to make corrections to section 2 under section 25(1)(j)(ii) of the Legislation Act 2012.

Reprint as at 1 July 2013

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Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977

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

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


1Short Title and commencement
3Sale or disposal, etc, of contraceptives to children [Repealed]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
10Constitution of Abortion Supervisory Committee
11Term of office of members of Supervisory Committee
12Manner of appointments
13Deputies of members
14Functions and powers of Supervisory Committee
15Supervisory Committee may appoint advisory and technical committees
16Supervisory Committee may co-opt specialist advice
17Crown may provide services for Supervisory Committee
18Restrictions on where abortions may be performed
19Types and effect of licences
20Applications for licences
21Grant of licences
22Issue of licences
23Duration of licences
24Renewal of licences
25Cancellation of licences
26Appeals on questions of law to High Court
27Appeals against decisions of High Court
28Supervisory Committee may state case for High Court
29Abortions not to be performed unless authorised by 2 certifying consultants
30Supervisory Committee to set up and maintain list of certifying consultants
31Supervisory Committee to appoint or approve counselling services
32Procedure where woman seeks abortion
33Determination of case
33APerformance of abortion by other practitioner
34Special provisions where patient mentally subnormal
36Certifying consultants to keep records and submit reports
38Crimes Act 1961 not affected
39Annual report
40Protection of persons acting in good faith
41Fees and travelling allowances
42Costs of administration
44Female procuring her own miscarriage
45Records of abortions to be forwarded to Supervisory Committee
46Conscientious objection
Reprint notes

An Act to specify the circumstances in which contraceptives and information relating to contraception may be supplied and given to young persons, to define the circumstances under which sterilisations may be undertaken, and to provide for the circumstances and procedures under which abortions may be authorised after having full regard to the rights of the unborn child