Pregnant Somali asylum seeker had not ruled out abortion

A SOMALI asylum seeker allegedly raped on Nauru had not ruled out terminating her pregnancy, documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws has revealed.

In October, the 23-year-old woman, known as Abyan, was transferred to Australia for an abortion, an illegal procedure on Nauru, after the Federal Government's healthcare provider advised senior departmental staff "there are risks of deteriorating mental health and psychological distress".

But five days later, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton publicly stated Abyan decided not to proceed with the abortion and she was sent back to Nauru, still pregnant.

Mr Dutton also accused refugee advocates of lying about the situation.

Correspondence between senior staff at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has now revealed why Abyan was removed from Australia.

Read more at ABC News Online



School responds to bullying complaints: 'safety is crucial'

School responds to bullying complaints: 'safety is crucial'

Program promoting good behaviour was reviewed earlier this year.

BEST DRESSED: Cute pictures of our pets looking their best

BEST DRESSED: Cute pictures of our pets looking their best

Check out 24 of Warwick's most fashionable pets

Convicted Warwick trafficker faces more criminal charges

premium_icon Convicted Warwick trafficker faces more criminal charges

A young dad has spent three months in jail

Local Partners