Last Wednesday, 8 July, in the Cairns Magistrates’ Court, the case against a young woman charged with procuring her own abortion was adjourned until September 3, when she will face two days of committal hearings. She is charged under section 225 of the Queensland Criminal Code.

Her partner is charged under 226 of the same Code with assisting her to procure an abortion, and will likewise face committal proceedings. The matter has previously been mentioned in the Magistrates’ Court on three occasions and the couple are on bail; the woman if convicted faces a prison sentence of up to seven years, her partner one of three years.