A woman jailed for illegally obtaining abortion pills to terminate a pregnancy during lockdown will challenge the ruling in the Court of Appeals.
Karla Foster has been sentenced to 28 months in prison after admitting she had an illegal abortion between 32 and 34 weeks pregnant.
The Crown Court in Stoke-on-Trent heard that she had been drugged by the police. UK Pregnancy Counseling Service (BPAS) after she called during lockdown 2020 and lied about how advanced her pregnancy was.
Foster was initially charged with child abuse and pleaded not guilty, but pleaded guilty to other charges, including drug administration and use of an abortion device.
Judge Pepperol sentenced her last month, saying Foster will be in custody for 14 months after her release, with the rest to serve with parole.
Mr. Foster is currently scheduled to appear in the Court of Appeals. London She appealed Tuesday to challenge her prison sentence, which has drawn backlash from women’s groups.
At the sentencing hearing, the court said Foster, who had three sons before becoming pregnant again in 2019, was “too embarrassed” to see a doctor about her pregnancy and didn’t know how far along she was.
According to prosecutors, Foster conducted Internet searches between February and May 2020, including “how to hide a pregnancy lump,” “how to get an abortion without going to the doctor,” and “how to lose a baby at six months old.” It is said that he went several times.
After the ruling, the Women’s Human Rights Program Director Amnesty International UK Chiara Capraro called the decision to prosecute the 1861 Act “shocking and, frankly, terrifying”.
BPAS CEO Claire Murphy said, “Women can never go through something like this again.” Member of Parliament To protect desperate women from ever being threatened with imprisonment.
An appeal hearing by Mrs. Victoria Sharp, Judges Holroyd and Mrs. Lambert is scheduled to begin at 10:30 am.
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