In Pennsylvania, state laws require that abortions be performed by physicians. Violating this law carries up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine — as single mother, Jennifer Ann Whalen, 39, of Washingtonville, found out when she gave her 16-year-old daughter a miscarriage-inducing pills to end a pregnancy she did not want.
The closest women’s health clinic to the Whalen’s home in Washingtonville is 74 miles away in Harrisburg. There was no local clinic to perform an abortion, and her daughter didn’t have the health insurance to cover a hospital abortion. So, to spare her daughter the unwanted pregnancy, Whalen, who works as a nursing home aide, obtained miscarriage-inducing pills from an online site in Europe for her.
The pills caused severe cramping and bleeding, and Whalen ended up taking her daughter to a hospital near their home for treatment. She was sentenced on Friday by Montour County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Norton to serve 12 months to 18 months in prison for violating the law. She also faced a $1,000 fine and was required to preform 40 hours of community service after her release.
Meanwhile, a 16-year-old no longer has her mother. Way to go, anti-lifers.
These pills have caused problems before; an Indiana woman who wanted to end her pregnancy and took the pills now faces up to 70 years in prison as a result.
You know, it’s almost like removing viable options for access to birth control will force people to take extreme measures to end pregnancies that they don’t want. I mean, this must be rocket science — either that, or there’s a whole lot of willfully stupid people out there.
h/t: Raw Story