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Teen Who Hired Man To Beat Her Could Be Charged With Attempted Homicide

Teen Who Hired Man To Beat Her Could Be Charged With Attempted Homicide

In 2009, a pregnant Utah teen desperate to end her pregnancy took unusual steps.  Due to the lack of clinics, strict rules for underage girls trying to obtain abortions, and an already very advanced pregnancy, she paid a man to beat her in an attempt to induce a miscarriage.  It did not work, and the 17 year old, who eventually gave birth and put the baby up for adoption, was charged with attempted murder.

The charges were dropped after defense argued that Utah had no law that allowed prosecution of a woman trying to obtain an unlawful abortion.

So the state changed that.

In the next legislative session, a law was passed that made it a crime to induce a miscarriage or obtain an “illegal” abortion, with pregnant women potentially serving life in prison if convicted.  The original bill included “reckless behavior,” which could even open the possibility of pressing charges against women who miscarry after doing drugs, drinking, being the victim of an accident, or anything else the prosecution might define as “reckless” (Sushi eating, anyone?).  Any attempt to arrange an “illegal abortion” under the new law is now considered attempted homicide

Now, the state Supreme Court has ruled on the case and has declared that the teen did, in fact, solicit an illegal abortion two years prior.  “The Utah Code’s definition of abortion contemplates only procedures that are medical in nature,” the high court wrote in a unanimous decision. “We hold that the solicited assault of a woman to terminate her pregnancy is not a ‘procedure,’ as contemplated by statute, and therefore does not constitute an abortion.”

The Attorney General’s office has not stated its full plans of re-prosecuting the case, but did say it was “pleased” with the reversal by the state Supreme Court. “We always thought the juvenile court misinterpreted the statutes, and the Utah Supreme Court ruling today confirms that.”

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4:09PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Sad that a female of child-bearing age cannot decide for herself whether she wants to produce a baby or not. How much faster can Utah run backwards?

5:05PM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Oh dear she created a true mess...

1:05PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

What a story! If she could have had an abortion in the first place nothing would have happened. That is her decision to make and her right to exercise.

1:47PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Unwantedly being pregnant at 17 is an incredible burden, I get that.

HOWEVER:

The girl decided to have an abortion when her pregnancy was "already very advanced". Don't you think there's something wrong with this picture? Why did it take her so much time to decide? Did she turn to anyone for help before? Did she have any kind of supportive environment? And just how far along was she?

There are a lot of gaps and holes to this story.

In Greece, induced abortion is legal until the 12th week of gestation. I did a little search online and found that, internationally, the time limit set for legal induced abortions is

8:24PM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Where is the prosecution of the person who impregnated her?

12:59PM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Absolutely sickening. That poor girl was so desperate she had a man beat her!! There are way more important things going on in this world than abortion. If a woman is in need of an abortion, it should be her decision and her decision ALONE. It's one of anybody's business!! Let's address the real issues and leave women alone.

10:25AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Horrible

7:32AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

I'm so confused as to how such a demented law could be passed! This could leave women who lose a baby to an abusive partner open to legal sanction which is disgusting.
Making abortion illegal will not stop abortions nor will it explain why said woman are seeking an abortion. Pro lifers have no idea what the mental strain of carrying say a rape baby for 9 months would do to the woman, sometimes a potential life(which wont necessarily go well with parents that don't want it anyway) is less important then the current life and must be scarficed in order to protect the current life.

8:47PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

see Pro-lifers this is what you are going to get if you try and make abortion illegal ! not only will the fetus die but the pregant woman but Im sure thats ok right as long as the precious fetus is ok ? and another thing pro-lifers wouldn't abortion be better then if shw would have waited to have the baby then beat it or leave it to die in a trash can?????? but hey at least it wasn't aborted right its better to be left for dead? get your priorities in order pro -lifers!

5:25AM PST on Dec 17, 2011

She put the baby up for adoption anyway, why wasn't that her first choice?

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