I find this story from the UK rather ironic, especially given its timing. Sarah Louise Catt of Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire, used abortifacient drugs that she had obtained via the Internet to kill her unborn child. What is particularly interesting about this case is that her unborn child was 39 weeks gestation. Yes, you read that correctly. Babies are born at 40 weeks gestation.
In a court case, she said that she had tried to have a legal abortion but discovered that she was over the legal gestational age limit of 24 weeks.
Here is what the judge said:
““What you did was end the life of a child that was capable of being born alive by inducing birth or miscarriage. What you have done is rob an apparently healthy child, vulnerable and defenseless, of the life which he was about to commence.”
Isn’t it incredible that in Canada, no such judgement could be rendered, because even a child at 40 weeks is not considered a human being.
He added that: ““The child in the womb was so near to birth, in my judgment all right-thinking people would think this offense more serious than unintentional manslaughter,” noting that she could have been charged with murder if she had only waited a few more days until after the baby was born.
Her sentence: 8 years in prison.