Published On: Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

Jennifer Whalen given jail time for giving daughter abortion pill

A Pennsylvania woman has received jail time for giving her 16-year-old daughter abortion pills in lieu of taking her to a clinic.
Jennifer Ann Whalen reportedly bought the abortion-inducing drugs misoprostol and mifepristone online from a company in Europe for $45. Whalen then gave them to her pregnant daughter in 2012 in lieu of taking the teen to an abortion clinic for a doctor to perform the procedure. 
Montour County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Norton issues Whalen a prison sentence of 12 to 18 months for the felony of performing an abortion without a doctor’s license. Whalen was also fined $1,000 and assigned 40 hours of community service upon her release from jail. 
The drugs given to the girl caused her to experience bleeding and cramping. Ultimately she had a miscarriage. The teen was then treated at Geisinger Medical Center for “an incomplete abortion and a urinary tract infection” according to medical records. 
Now eighteen, the girl told The (Bloomsburg) Press-Enterprise that she did not want to have the baby.
Whalen said that she did not have $500 to pay for her daughter’s abortion and the closest clinic was 74 miles away in Harrisburg.
Police said Whalen claimed she was a nurse but didn’t have a nursing license. Whalen told police she didn’t get a prescription because she didn’t know she needed one
 The crime could have carried a top sentence of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
photo Emuishere Pelicula via Flickr

photo Emuishere Pelicula via Flickr

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  1. Tony says:

    Wake up, women of America. If the Christian Taliban cannot force you to adopt their Lifestyle Choice, they will simply throw you in jail. Say NO to the Radical Christofascist Agenda, before they come for YOUR fmaily!

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