Prosecutors charged an 18-year-old woman today with ingesting ulcer medication in a botched attempt to abort her second-term pregnancy.
Instead of aborting the 24 to 25 week-old fetus, however, Amber Abreu gave birth to 1 1/4-pound baby girl. The infant, who was named Ashley, died four days later, prosecutors allege.
Abreu pleaded not guilty today in Lawrence District Court to “procuring an improper miscarriage,” a charge that could carry up to seven years in state prison. She was ordered held on $15,000 cash bail.
You see these sad stories every once in a while and every time, it makes me stop and wonder at the logical contradiction. If she’d paid an abortionist, then it was okay, but because she tried to do it herself she could get up to seven years in prison.
What it shows is that our society still—deep down—understands that an unborn baby is indeed a baby and that killing her is wrong. Yet there’s that nagging voice in the back of so many minds that says, I wouldn’t want to be burdened with an unplanned child or I don’t want my son or daughter burdened with one. I or he or she have so much planned for ourselves.
Legalized abortion has given us a schizoid legal system and a schizoid health care system and a schizoid culture.