Government claims refugee no longer wanted an abortion

THE Federal Government has maintained a woman raped on Nauru no longer wanted an abortion after she was flown back to the island last week.

The 23-year-old pregnant Somali woman was flown to Australia seeking to have the pregnancy terminated.

But she was flown back to the island, where she was previously held in detention, on Friday.

Despite asylum seeker advocates maintaining she still wanted the abortion, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the claims were "a fabrication".

In a statement, Mr Dutton said the woman had "decided not to proceed" and advocates "appear to be using this woman's circumstance for their own political agenda".

Lawyers for the woman had reportedly filed for an injunction to prevent her removal, but were told she had already been flown out of the country.

George Newhouse, who was acting for the woman, reportedly asked the government to ensure she was given the chance for counselling, so she could give informed consent.


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