In Queensland, Australia, abortion is only legal if the life of the mother is in jeopardy,
A Cairns teenager,Tegan Simone Leach, 19, and her 21-year-old partner, Sergie Brennan, became the first Queenslanders in nearly 25 years to be sent to trial under the state’s controversial abortion law. If convicted, the young woman faces up to seven years’ jail and her partner a maximum of three years.
Now it seems that Shay, whose unborn child is so severely malformed as to have no prospect of survival, has been told the pregnancy must be aborted for the sake of her health. But with medical abortion services suspended due to the impasse between doctors and the state government over the legality of the procedure, no hospital will admit her.
Read the two stories here:
• First illegal termination case for 25 years.
• Queensland abortion law change is woman’s best hope.