Jailed for inducing abortion outside the legal limit

Jailed for inducing abortion outside the legal limit

A mother-of-three from the UK had been jailed for illegally procuring her own abortion outside the legal limit.

Carla Foster, 44, who lived in the Staffordshire village of Barlaston, lied about how advanced her pregnancy was in order to obtain abortion-causing drugs.

She was between 32 and 34 weeks pregnant with a baby girl when she received the medication from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service under the 'pills by post' scheme.

The scheme, which was introduced during the Covid pandemic, allows medication to be supplied after a remote consultation for pregnancies of up to ten weeks.

The majority of the murders of unborn babies in England are carried out before 24 weeks of pregnancy. They can only be carried out after 24 weeks in very specific circumstances such as if the mother's life is at risk or if the child would have a severe disability when born.

The truth is that, had Foster's baby been born at 34 weeks, there was every chance she would have survived. Indeed, according to Tommy's, the premature baby charity, 31 weeks carries around a 95 per cent survival rate, and '34 weeks is equivalent to a baby born at full term'.

Full term. If Foster had smothered her newborn infant in the cot instead of the womb, would we have let her off so lightly?

Because she has got off lightly. 

She carried out internet searches from February 2020 onwards that included 'How to lose a baby at six months'. In April she searched for 'I need to have an abortion but I'm past 24 weeks'.

She spoke to a nurse practitioner at BPAS on May 6, 2020, leading the nurse to believe that she was around seven weeks pregnant. Her child, a girl, was born, not breathing, on May 11, 2020.

A post mortem examination recorded cause of death as stillbirth and maternal use of abortion drugs.

Carla Foster was initially charged with child destruction and pleaded not guilty.

She later pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of section 58 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, entitled 'administering drugs or using instruments to procure abortion' - and this was accepted by the prosecution.

Foster was given a 28-month extended sentence, will serve just 14 months in custody and the remainder on licence after her release.