The minister responsible for Australian women has blasted a Sydney radio host for asking the NSW premier if she would ever have an abortion.
"I don't think that it is appropriate to ask anyone, male or female, sensitive health questions like that," Marise Payne told the ABC's Insiders program on Sunday.
"It's not OK."
The upper house of the NSW Parliament is debating a bill to decriminalise abortion.
Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek also criticised 2GB host Ben Fordham for asking Gladys Berejiklian the question live on-air.
"I understand this is a very personal issue and appreciate that many people have deeply held views," Mr Plibersek told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"But a woman's reproductive health is her own business, including decisions about whether to discuss it publicly or not.
"The point the premier quite rightly made is that any personal decision she might make should not be imposed on others. She handled this gracefully."
The NSW premier told Fordham she would not have an abortion, but said her personal views should not influence the right of other women to choose.
Ms Berejiklian alluded to her personal beliefs being informed by her Armenian Christian faith.
Fordham repeatedly pressed her to elaborate during the 26-minute interview.
"My personal view is I'm a conservative person who would not feel comfortable in having that process but that is just me," Ms Berejiklian said.
"And Ben, you've been naughty in pushing me to say that because I don't want anyone to feel guilty about decisions they've made.
"I'm not in their shoes and I don't want anyone to feel [that] because I feel this thing that they should feel guilty because they'd do things differently."
Australian Associated Press