“This removal to Nauru must be stopped.”
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is attempting to send Abyan, the Somali refugee who fell pregnant after allegedly being raped on Nauru, back to the island.
Abyan was brought to Australia earlier this week to have her pregnancy terminated, but according to refugee advocates may be returned to Nauru as early as this afternoon.
According the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC), the 23-year-old was grabbed from her room at Villawood detention centre this morning.
She has not seen any counsellors, nor been advised of any medical arrangements for her planned termination.
RAC spokesperson Ian Rintoul told Mamamia that he had met with Abyan on Tuesday morning and she had requested to see a counsellor regarding the termination of her pregnancy.
“She is clearly distressed and said that she needed time and wanted to talk to counsellors and doctors about the termination of her pregancy,” he said.
“She said she had suffered too much on Nauru and she wanted have that information before she made that final decision.”
Mr Rintoul said Abyan had received nothing in the way of counselling or the normal medical treatment that would usually be given to a victim of sexual assault.
“Immigration is claiming that Abyan has declined to proceed with the termination, but this has not been confirmed with Abyan herself,” he said.