Australia: A Pregnant Prisoner Diagnosed With Schizophrenia Has Been Denied An Abortion

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A Pregnant Prisoner Diagnosed With Schizophrenia Has Been Denied An Abortion

"She has had obstetricians and gynaecologists testify to a tribunal that this pregnancy could result in her death, but the tribunal is still not satisfied that the pregnancy is a risk to her health."

Posted on September 04, 2017
Gina Rushton, BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

A Queensland woman who applied for special consent to terminate her high-risk twin pregnancy has been denied an abortion because a tribunal ruled she did "not have the capacity to make complex decisions about all of her personal matters due to her diagnosed mental illness".

The pregnant 33-year-old was jailed at the Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre in June for breaching bail conditions involving drug use. She has since been living at a mental health facility where she is receiving treatment for schizophrenia.

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