A woman who reported her housemate to police in Northern Ireland for buying drugs online to induce an abortion has defended her actions.
The woman who used the drugs was prosecuted under northern abortion laws earlier this week and was given a three-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.
The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed she was unable to raise enough money to travel to England to access a legal termination.
The pregnant woman miscarried a male fetus, aged 10 to 12 weeks, after taking two types of abortion pills purchased over the internet in 2014. She placed the aborted fetus in the trash, where her two roommates l ‘have discovered.
The housemate who reported the woman to the police insisted that people should follow the law in Northern Ireland whether they agree or not.
“I know people can say it’s stupid (the law) and things like that, but it’s still the law, you have to obey the law that’s there until it changes,” said the woman, who wished to remain anonymous.
“If this (case) even makes it change, then that’s fine, but if you break the law, you have to be punished. . . By the minute it’s the law and if you break the law you should be punished.
In an interview with BBC Radio Ulster, the woman said she felt bad about what had happened to her housemate and had regrets, but said she wouldn’t have been able to live with herself if she had not acted after the discovery of the fetus in a domestic garbage can.
“A week went by and the guilt of a baby in the trash was eating away at us,” she said. “I wanted justice for the baby because it obviously wasn’t the little baby’s fault.”
She said she has been the victim of online abuse since the matter became public.