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NSW abortion bill slated for this week

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Protesters march with placards during the Our Body Our Choice march in Sydney, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AAP Image/Steven Saphore)

A bill to decriminalise abortion expected to come before NSW parliament this week has united MPs across party lines.

Independent Alex Greenwich is due to introduce the Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill 2019 in coming days.

NSW is the last state to decriminalise abortions, which are currently dealt with under its Crimes Act.

The private members bill would allow for terminations up to 22 weeks and later, if two doctors believe they should be given the medical, physical, social and psychological circumstances.

It would also create a new criminal offence under the Crimes Act for anyone who assists in terminations without authorisation.

The bill was developed by a cross-party working group including Nationals MP Trevor Khan and Labor's Penny Sharpe and Jo Haylen, with oversight from Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has also voiced support.

"If the legislation contains what I think it does I'll be supporting it," she said on Monday.

"It's important for (abortion) to be a decision for the woman and for the state not to cast judgment on the morality of that decision."

The bill will be co-sponsored by 15 MPs from the Liberal and Labor parties, the Nationals, the Greens, the Animal Justice Party and independents.

However, despite significant support the bill has come under fire from pro-life activists and the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

"I urge all Catholics to rally against this proposed law and, at the same time, recommit ourselves to reaching out with prayer and practical support for women in crisis," Archbishop Anthony Fisher said.

Ms Berejiklian said she didn't begrudge MPs for holding strong personal views on the issue - with the coalition to be given a conscience vote.

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