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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:57 PM
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Teenager faces seven years in prison for RU486
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 02:42 PM by pokerfan
:wtf:

A teenager faces seven years in prison after being ordered to stand trial for organising her own home abortion in the first such prosecution in Australia in over half a century.

Tegan Leach, 19, from the north Queensland city of Cairns, was committed to trial today in Cairns District Court. Her boyfriend, Sergie Brennan, 21, who has been charged with supplying drugs to procure an abortion, faces three years in jail.

The court heard that police found empty pharmaceutical blister packets alleged to have contained contraband abortion drugs obtained in Ukraine, along with a Russian doctor's instructions, during a search of the couple's Cairns home in relation to another matter in February.

Police allege that Ms Leach took the drugs, a Chinese version of the abortion pill RU486, to induce a miscarriage because she and her partner believed that they were too young to raise a child.

Prosecutor Sergeant Peter Austin told the court that Ms Leach's admission to having used the drugs to induce an abortion was sufficient for the matter to be put to trial

The case has caused controversy in Queensland, and polarised the debate on abortion in Australia, under whose Victorian-era laws it remains a crime in most states including Queensland.

So heated has the debate become that Ms Leach and her boyfriend have been forced into hiding after their home was fire-bombed and Mr Brennan's car was attacked.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article6830...


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EOTE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:58 PM
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1. WTF indeed.
I'm sure conservatives are happy seeing the results of them getting their way. Sickening.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:05 PM
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2. 19 and 21 year olds with some commonsence?...AMAZING!
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 02:06 PM by and-justice-for-all
"her partner believed that they were too young to raise a child." They deserve a medal and not a prison sentence.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:06 PM
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3. News out of Oz has me thinking that they have got a case of
fundie whackadoodlism even worse than the US does.
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:15 PM
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4. RU 4ucking kidding me?
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:16 PM
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5. Abortion is illegal in Australia? I had no idea
I thought the only industrialized countries where it is illegal are Ireland and Poland, but I must admit I'm not as informed on that issue as I probably should be.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:42 PM
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7. ~
RU486 was allowed into Australia just three years ago and can be administered only under medical supervision, but the laws surrounding its use are so uncertain that a number of doctors have stopped prescribing the drug altogether for fear of prosecution.
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dembotoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:31 PM
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6. that could happen here if we let the crazies win
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:48 PM
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8. Yes, it could. They are doing their best to make it so.
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