The question of moving abortion from a criminal to a health issue is unlikely to be put to the public.
On TVNZ1's Q+A, Justice Minister Andrew Little was asked if abortion would be put to a referendum, after the Law Commission released its briefing paper last month on how abortion could be placed as a health issue.
The briefing paper also proposes changes to the law by repealing abortion from the Crimes Act.
"I don't think there’s a lot of be achieved putting that question to a referendum," Mr Little said.
"It's a question about how you want to regulate this particular procedure and do something that fits the 21st century."
He said the abortion legislation that would go through Parliament was about a year away.
"That is an issue about whether this particular procedure should be one that starts off as a criminal act… or whether we regard it as a health procedure."
"I certainly am not proposing and I have not contemplated that that will be subject to a referendum."
The Justice Minister has confirmed that the Government is considering holding referendums on cannabis law reform, euthanasia and MMP electoral reform, all at the same time.