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A Sydney mother-of-five has been convicted and placed on a three-year good behaviour bond after failed abortion attempt.

The woman reportedly took abortion pills to try to terminate her 28-week pregnancy – of course it was too late and she later had a C-section.

Blacktown Local Court Magistrate Geoffrey Hiatt said he was satisfied the woman, who was 28 at the time, acted intentionally to illegally try to have a miscarriage by taking the abortion pills, reports Daily Mail.

In a July judgment made public on Monday, Mr Hiatt said the woman – who had pleaded not guilty – had been about 19 weeks pregnant when her partner of three years told her he did not want her to have the child because they were not married.

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‘The accused did not act upon this and continued to attend medical check-ups,’ Mr Hiatt said in his judgment.

‘At about 26 weeks into the pregnancy, her boyfriend again urged her to terminate the pregnancy.

‘She told her boyfriend that it may be too late to have an abortion.

‘She contacted a number of clinics in NSW and interstate and was refused from all of them on the basis that her pregnancy was past 20 weeks.’

Mr Hiatt said the woman, who had five children aged between four to nine, eventually found someone she believed was in Darwin, known as ‘Patrick’, who was prepared to facilitate an abortion when she was 28 weeks’ pregnant.

Patrick told the woman it was possible to have a termination up to 30 weeks and he would send her abortion pills for $2000.

She received a package from South Africa in early September 2015 containing a pack of 10 pills each containing 200 milligrams of misoprostol, a hormone-type substance.

She took six pills the next day before becoming unwell and was taken by a friend to Blacktown Hospital.

An emergency caesarean section was performed and the child was born.

‘The ongoing debate regarding pro- and anti-abortion is a polarising issue within the community,’ Mr Hiatt said.

‘In my view, the clear intent of the parliament was to enact provisions which would hold persons criminally responsible for unlawful acts towards a foetus causing either a miscarriage or an abortion to occur.

‘In essence, protection for a foetus from the time of conception through all stages of pregnancy to the point of birth.’

No further details of the child in mention have been revealed.

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  • Oh dear, a very messy situation indeed.

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  • oh that poor little child. i really do hope that he or she would be ok and have no ill effects of it’s mothers actions. The child did not ask to be born or conceived and so it is especially sad to hear because there were other options available to the mother besides self termination.

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  • If she agreed with her partner and didn’t want the baby they could have done something very early on. What she could have done was put the baby up for adoption or, better still, get rid of him or not get pregnant in the first place

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  • I hope the baby won’t suffer in any as a result of this action.
    She now has the option to sign papers for others to have a baby they yearn for.
    I suspect the father doesn’t to pay child support and that’s why he pressured her. She probably became very depressed and just wanted it over with.

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  • Another person who should never been a parent – already 5 children – what was she thinking?

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  • That’s disgusting! Births from 27 weeks are considered to be normal- it’s attempted murder! The person in Darwin should be tracked down and held accountable too.

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  • What a mess. Her partner is culpable too – what consequences has he faced?

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  • I find this to be a sad story. I feel she did not want an abortion and was pressured by her partner. He is culpable in some way also. There’s no good ending for this one at all. After 5 kids, maybe a more permanent procedure needs to be looked at to avoid this situation again. Nothing good has come out of this.

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  • I’m definitely pro choice, but after 5 kids you should know how pregnancy happens. A mother of FIVE children should be mature enough to have a discussion with her partner to establish if he wants children long before she even considers falling pregnant.

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  • A very sad story,hoping the baby is unharmed by the tablets.

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  • Very sad.
    An unwanted child in China in the rubbish and here a failed abortion and another unwanted child.
    May God’s hand be upon this child.

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  • such a sad situation hope their both well

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  • I am hoping the baby and mother are ok. The mother must had been under some pressure from the father.

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  • What a sad situation. I genuinely hope they all are ok or at least on the road to ok.

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  • Praying bub is OK and will not suffer any long term issues.

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