Mother Sentenced to Prison for Helping Daughter Get Illegal Abortion
Reuters reports a Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to prison for helping her her teenage daughter end her pregnancy with pills she obtained online.
Jennifer Ann Whalen pleaded guilty in August to buying the pills from a European site for her 16-year-old daughter. She reportedly told authorities she wasn't located near a clinic that could perform the abortion, and that she—a single mom, working as a nursing home aide—didn't have health insurance to cover a stay in the hospital.
After taking the pills, her daughter ended up in the hospital with severe cramping and bleeding.
Reuters reports she was sentenced on Friday to serve 12 to 18 months in prison, fined $1,000, and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service after her release for violating a Pennsylvania law requiring abortions to be performed by physicians.