A 23-year-old British mother of three is facing charges for killing her unborn child in a late-term, do-it-yourself abortion.
Natalie Towers was 25 weeks pregnant when she took poison to kill her unborn child, past the legal abortion limit in the UK, according to The Northern Echo. Towers, a veterinary worker, reportedly found the do-it-yourself abortion drug online, bought it, and then used it to kill her unborn baby.
Her barrister indicated that she will plead guilty to administering a poison with intent to procure a miscarriage, if a charge of child destruction is dropped.
Towers will return to court in December when she is likely to be sentenced after background reports have been prepared by probation workers.
Dan Cordey, defending, told Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, QC, that a detailed medical report from a psychiatrist might also be helpful for the court.
The charge of child destruction – defined as the crime of killing an unborn but viable foetus “capable of being born alive” – carries a life sentence.
The count which Towers is said to accept has a maximum sentence of ten years.
The Northern Echo did not give details about the abortion itself or Towers’ motivation for seeking to kill her unborn child, but mentioned “a detailed medical report from a psychiatrist” in relation to her case.
At 25 weeks, Towers’ baby was viable outside the womb. A recent study indicated that babies born as early as 22 weeks can survive with proper medical treatment.
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In the past few years, abortion advocates have been pushing dangerous do-it-yourself abortions on the internet.
Last year, a Pennsylvania mother faced jail time after purchasing an at-home abortion kit for her daughter that, when used, ultimately sent the teenage girl to the hospital.
Abortion doctor Rebecca Gomperts also has received attention for sailing an abortion ship across the world to perform abortions illegally. Gomperts also is selling dangerous illegal abortion drugs online.