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Pregnancy Counselling (Truth in Advertising) Bill 2006 [2008]

Part 1 Preliminary

   

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Pregnancy Counselling (Truth in Advertising) Act 2006.

2   Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3   Definitions

                   In this Act:

non-directive pregnancy counselling service means a service that offers counselling, information services, referrals and support on all three pregnancy options, being:

                     (a)  raising the child; or

                     (b)  adoption; or

                     (c)  termination of pregnancy;

and will provide referrals to termination of pregnancy services if requested to do so.

pregnancy counselling service means a counselling service that has as its purpose, or one of its purposes, the provision of advice or information services to women and their support persons regarding options in relation to pregnancy, childbirth or termination of pregnancy.

termination of pregnancy means the surgical or medical termination of a pregnancy.

4   Objects

                   The objects of this Act are to:

                     (a)  prohibit misleading and deceptive notification and advertising of pregnancy counselling services; and

                     (b)  promote transparency and full choice in the notification and advertising of pregnancy counselling services; and

                     (c)  improve public health; and

                     (d)  minimise the difficulties associated with obtaining advice to deal with unplanned pregnancy.