The government of Nauru, a Pacific island 2,500 miles from mainland Australia, has withdrawn a bill that would have legalised abortions for refugee and asylum seeker women following opposition by both government and opposition MPs. The bill had been introduced by Nauru’s Border Protection Minister David Adeang. The debate was broadcast on local radio. Former Nauruan opposition MP Matthew Batsiua, who followed the debate on local radio said: “To me it was just obvious that … Continued
A review of a journal article published on 28 September 2016 points out that women in Australia face serious barriers to safe, affordable abortions with medical abortion pills, while the pills for a home abortion are easy to find on Facebook.
For funding, the service relied on donations by certifying abortion consultants of part of the fees they received from the Ministry of Justice. Unfortunately, the model of funding this service used continued to fall short. Callers to the service are being told that it is currently closed and not accepting new patients.
In January 2015, Leoba Davana and her husband, James Channel, made the difficult decision to terminate their pregnancy. In October 2015 both Leoba and James were sentenced by the National Court in Arawa to five years in jail. Their case will be reviewed by the PNG Supreme Court in the coming weeks.
On 26 August 2016, a report of the bipartisan committee of the Queensland Parliament inquiring into abortion law reform in the state was released. The committee found itself unable to make a recommendation that the Pyne bill be passed by Parliament as “it failed to address a number of important policy issues and to achieve a number of its own stated objectives”.