A push to decriminalise abortion in NSW has suffered a setback after conservative MPs successfully lobbied for a delay to the parliamentary timetable.
Sydney independent Alex Greenwich on Tuesday announced debate on his private members bill had been pushed back until next week following "robust" discussions on Macquarie Street.
"I'm disappointed with any delay," Mr Greenwich told reporters.
"(But) I'm glad that we have a clear and committed timetable from the government. There is continued and strong support for this bill."
Mr Greenwich gave notice of the Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill 2019 on Tuesday afternoon and expects it will be introduced into the Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
"From next Tuesday we will begin debate on this long-overdue legislation," he said.
"It should go through the lower house next week and I hope into the upper house."
The bill was originally scheduled to be debated this week but conservative MPs have reportedly been working behind the scenes to delay its passage.
The private members bill would allow for terminations up to 22 weeks and later if two doctors "consider that, in all the circumstances, the termination should be performed".
Doctors will have the right to conscientiously object to performing abortions but must refer patients to another health practitioner who can provide the service.
The bill also states that a person who performs a termination on themselves will not be committing an offence.
The draft laws would create a new criminal offence under the Crimes Act for anyone who assists in terminations without authorisation.
Pro-life activists and the Catholic church have slammed the "bad bill" and accused the government of trying to rush it through parliament.
"It is the dream bill of the abortion industry, which they have already pressed upon several other states but it will leave unborn children and unsupported pregnant women even more at risk," Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher said in a statement on Tuesday.
"The premier and others seem determined to stop us having our say."
Archbishop Fisher said he'd written to Gladys Berejiklian demanding more time for consultation along with Sydney's Anglican archbishop of Sydney, the primate of the Greek Orthodox archdiocese of Australia and the co-ordinator of Australia's eastern Catholic bishops.
Upper House MP Reverend Fred Nile has also come out swinging against the bill, which he described as "tyrannical".
"The latest attempt to legalise abortion in NSW illustrates the moral bankruptcy of the state's political leadership," he said in a statement.
The abortion 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.
The premier has voiced her support.
"If the legislation contains what I think it does, I'll be supporting it," Ms Berejiklian said on Monday.
But conservative Police Minister David Elliot on Tuesday declared: "I will be opposing the bill because there has not been enough time to consult with my electorate."
Australian Associated Press