Three pregnant refugees and nearly 50 others denied medical transfers from Nauru

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Three pregnant refugees and nearly 50 others denied medical transfers from Nauru
Asylum seekers and refugees awaiting surgeries, abortions and other treatment prevented from having overseas transfers by Nauru hospital committee

Ben Doherty
Sunday 20 August 2017

Nearly 50 refugees and asylum seekers held on Nauru – including at least three women seeking to terminate a pregnancy – are being refused, or not considered for, overseas medical treatment, in defiance of doctors’ recommendations.

Three pregnant refugee women on Nauru have asked to terminate their pregnancies, for cultural, familial and health reasons. Doctors’ requests for them to be transferred overseas for the procedure have been rejected. Terminations are illegal on Nauru, a devoutly Christian country.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/21/three-pregnant-refugees-and-nearly-50-others-denied-medical-transfers-from-nauru

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Nauru scraps proposed abortion laws for refugees and asylum seekers

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By Michael Walsh 7, Nov 11, 2016

The law change was opposed by both government and opposition MPs in Parliament. The Nauruan Government has withdrawn a bill that would have legalised abortions for refugee and asylum seeker women.

Nauru's Border Protection Minister David Adeang introduced the bill to the Parliament last week, but in a rare sign of disunity, it was opposed by both government and opposition MPs.

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Source: MSN.com

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