Friday, October 15, 2010

Jury Acquits First Australian Woman Prosecuted for Procuring An Abortion

The Australian: Jury frees abortion couple in less than an hour, by Sarah Elks:

IN a landmark decision, the first Australian woman known to have been prosecuted for procuring an abortion has been acquitted by a jury.

The verdict came after less than an hour of deliberation.

The jurors returned their not-guilty verdict after Cairns District Court judge Bill Everson instructed them that in order to convict 21-year-old Tegan Simone Leach, they had to be satisfied that the drugs she took were harmful or noxious to her own health, rather than the fetus.

The public gallery in the Cairns District Court -- packed with pro-choice demonstrators from around Australia -- erupted with applause after the eight-woman, four-man jury acquitted Ms Leach and partner Sergie Brennan, 22. . . .

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