A young woman ordered abortion pills so her lover could give them to her pregnant partner when he was hesitating about becoming a father. Georgia Day lied to doctors about her pregnancy so she could get the pills, which she then passed on to the man.
Day, who was 21 at the time of the offence, had known the man for many years and they had begun a sexual relationship. But in March 2020, the lover’s longtime partner became pregnant. While he had initially wanted to have a child, the man was then cold to the idea because he wanted to travel and complete his studies.
Prosecutor Julia King told Derby Crown Court that after his partner refused to have an abortion, the man resorted to messaging girlfriends and offering them thousands of abortion pills which he could then give to his partner. Day, according to Ms. King, offered to do it for free.
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Day contacted the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and lied about her pregnancy, before repeating the untruths in a telephone consultation. She tricked doctors into mailing her early-stage abortion pills, a service that began during the coronavirus pandemic.
Internet history searches on Day’s phone revealed that she had searched for “giving someone else abortion pills”, “man mixed his pregnant wife’s pills with abortion pills” and “baby size at four weeks”, as well as research into whether it was illegal to surreptitiously give someone abortion pills. Further analysis also revealed that Day had researched whether a doctor could tell if a miscarriage had been caused by abortion pills.
But their plan was discovered by the pregnant woman when she discovered the box of pills under her bed. She messaged Day asking questions, but couldn’t get any answers, while Day took a note in her phone saying, “I thought I was pregnant, I got the pills but by the time they arrived I had started my period. [The man] I knew I had them and asked for them. I don’t know why but I gave them to him.”
Ms King said it was clear such a note was an excuse prepared by Day if the police were to arrest him, and that the pills had been ordered with the ‘anticipation and expectation’ that the man would use them about her partner.” She did not comment during an interview with police on May 25, 2020.
Day, 23, later pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to procure the physical means to induce a miscarriage. She has no other beliefs to her name. The male lover was acquitted after a trial, while his pregnant partner delivered a healthy baby later in 2020.
Lauren Fisher, defending, said her client had made a ‘terrible mistake’ and that reports prepared by the probation service indicated she had a very low risk of reoffending and had shown ‘genuine remorse’ for the offense.
She said: “Miss Day was 21 then, 23 now, and it’s a question that has no doubt weighed on her mind ever since she made the mistake. That mistake may have been committed out of naivety or without proper consideration of the consequences, not only for [pregnant woman] but for Miss Day herself.
“But she now feels significant remorse since it happened, mostly evidenced by her guilty plea. She didn’t know [the pregnant woman]she was in some kind of relationship with [the man]. She initially said no, but for reasons she may not now understand, she decided to get the pills and give them to him. It’s something that will stay with her for the rest of her life.
“She’s a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. The offense is now of a certain age. She hasn’t troubled the court before and hasn’t troubled the court since. It was a terrible mistake.”
Sentencing Day to a suspended sentence, recorder Dean Crowe said: “The Crown claims that Miss Day was involved in obtaining the abortion tablets. It would appear that you have found common ground [with the man]. I accept that there was genuine affection between you. Perhaps it was this affection that allowed you to foolishly agree to do what you were doing.
“You are very lucky. Your actions were very stupid, but I accept that they are not ones you are likely to repeat in the future.”
Day, of Longedge Lane, Wingerworth, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months. She must also perform 120 hours of unpaid work and pay a victim surcharge.