Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977

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Reprint as at 1 October 2008

Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977

Public Act1977 No 112
Date of assent16 December 1977
Commencementsee 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.



1 Short Title and commencement

2 Interpretation


3 Sale or disposal, etc, of contraceptives to children [Repealed]

4 Administering of contraceptives to mentally subnormal females

5 Supply of contraceptives to sexual violation complainants

6 Standards for manufacture of condoms


7 Consent to sterilisation operation

8 Reports on sterilisations

9 Conditions relating to sterility not to be attached to loans or employment


10 Constitution of Abortion Supervisory Committee

11 Term of office of members of Supervisory Committee

12 Manner of appointments

13 Deputies of members

14 Functions and powers of Supervisory Committee

15 Supervisory Committee may appoint advisory and technical committees

16 Supervisory Committee may co-opt specialist advice

17 Crown may provide services for Supervisory Committee

18 Restrictions on where abortions may be performed

19 Types and effect of licences

20 Applications for licences

21 Grant of licences

22 Issue of licences

23 Duration of licences

24 Renewal of licences

25 Cancellation of licences

26 Appeals on questions of law to High Court

27 Appeals against decisions of High Court

28 Supervisory Committee may state case for High Court

29 Abortions not to be performed unless authorised by 2 certifying consultants

30 Supervisory Committee to set up and maintain list of certifying consultants

31 Supervisory Committee to appoint or approve counselling services

32 Procedure where woman seeks abortion

33 Determination of case

33A Performance of abortion by other practitioner

34 Special provisions where patient mentally subnormal

35 Counselling

36 Certifying consultants to keep records and submit reports

37 Offences

38 Crimes Act 1961 not affected

39 Annual report

40 Protection of persons acting in good faith

41 Fees and travelling allowances

42 Costs of administration

43 Regulations

44 Female procuring her own miscarriage

45 Records of abortions to be forwarded to Supervisory Committee

46 Conscientious 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