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Qld premier to release abortion report

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (AAP Image/Darren England)

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is expected to release a much-anticipated legal review into decriminalising abortion in Queensland.

The Courier-Mail reports the premier will release the Queensland Law Reform Commission's report after Monday's cabinet meeting.

Ms Palaszczuk is also expected to release her government's response to the review, with the government preparing to introduce laws in August to decriminalise abortion.

The laws are expected to be debated and passed before the end of the year, and in addition to decriminalising abortion will also create "safe zones" around abortion clinics to stop women being harassed.

Abortions are legal in Western Australian, Victoria, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT, and legal for some medical reasons in South Australia.

Having an abortion is still a criminal offence in NSW and Queensland, although there are some exceptions, for example if a woman's life is at risk.

A Brisbane couple were prosecuted for purchasing abortion drugs in 2010 and a woman was prosecuted in NSW last year.

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