A woman pretended to be pregnant to get abortion pills for her lover, who said he wanted to trick his girlfriend into taking them.
Georgia Day told a doctor she wanted to terminate her fake pregnancy and was prescribed medication.
But she actually gave the pills to her lover who had been shivering at the thought of having a baby with his girlfriend, as they planned to start a family together.
Day, who was 21 at the time, was having an affair with the man, whom she had known for many years.
In March 2020, his longtime girlfriend became pregnant.
Although he initially wanted the child, he decided he wanted to travel and complete his education.
When his girlfriend refused to have an abortion, he turned to female friends for help by getting abortion pills.
After a trial, he was found not guilty of conspiring to procure a substance to induce a miscarriage
However, her co-defendant Day, now 23, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to procure the physical means to induce a miscarriage.
Prosecutor Julia King told Derby Crown Court he had offered thousands of friends to get abortion pills which he could then surreptitiously give to his partner.
Day, from Wingerworth in Derbyshire, offered to do it for free.
She contacted the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and lied about her pregnancy, before repeating the untruths in a telephone consultation.
Doctors were tricked 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 searched for “give 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 give someone abortion pills without their knowledge.
But their plan was discovered by the pregnant woman when she discovered the box of pills under her bed.
She did not take the pills and 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 re-offending and had shown ‘genuine remorse’ for the offense.
She said: “This mistake may have been made out of naivety or without proper consideration of the consequences, not only for the [pregnant woman] but for Miss Day herself.
“But she now has significant remorse since it happened, mainly from her guilty plea. She did not 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, decided to get the pills and give them to her. It’s something that will stay with her for the rest of her life.
“It was a terrible mistake.”
Handing Day, who had no previous convictions, a suspended sentence, recorder Dean Crowe said: ‘The Crown claims Miss Day was involved in obtaining the abortion tablets.
‘Looks like you’ve found common ground [with the man]. I accept that there was genuine affection between you. Perhaps it was this affection that made you 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 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.
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