Queensland Abortion Verdict: Not Guilty


Queensland’s Tegan Leach and her partner were found not guilty of inducing a miscarriage after one hour of jury deliberation, according to Australian news sources.  The couple, who were being prosecuted under a century old abortion law, were facing a combined decade of jail time for allegedly procuring and ingesting the drug RU 486 in an attempt to abort.

Via ABC News Australia:

The jury of eight women and four men took less than an hour to reach the unanimous verdict.

They found Tegan Leach, 21, not guilty of procuring her own miscarriage and Sergie Brennan, 22, not guilty of unlawfully supplying drugs to procure an abortion.

There was loud applause and cheering from the public gallery as the verdicts were read out and Judge William Everson told the couple they were free to go.

Despite the not guilty verdict and the groundswell of support surrounding it, and the couple, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh continues to state that there will be no attempt to repeal or amend the 111 year old law as “the majority of MPs do not” support decriminalization of abortion.

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  • liberaldem

    It’s chilling that this law is still on the books. 

  • arekushieru

    After all, when do MP’s get to decide someone’s basic human rights?  ONLY if you’re a woman, I guess….  Sigh….

  • crowepps

    I find it really heartening that the Jury saw how stupid this entire prosecution was.  One hour barely gives enough time to elect a Jury Foreman.  They all had their minds made up to acquit when they walked out of the courtroom.  YAY!

  • squirrely-girl

    One hour barely gives enough time to elect a Jury Foreman.

    Sometimes sanity just has to prevail… statistically speaking at least :)

  • ahunt

    Indeed! And here is the thing….the Australian Pro Life  orgs are very quiet here. I searched seriously for some public position, some opinion, some activism….

     

     

    VEWWY VEWWY QUIET!

  • meg

    I commented very pessimistically the day before on the previous article about this case. I said something about how it must be difficult and thankless to be a feminist in Australia. And other wimpy things. Shame on me for having so little faith. For today I am going to be happy for this couple. And I am going to think to myself “Of course they were acquitted in less than an hour. There were a jury made up of responsible rational adults hearing that case. A foregone conclusion.”

  • meg

    I commented very pessimistically the day before on the previous article about this case. I said something about how it must be difficult and thankless to be a feminist in Australia. And other wimpy things. Shame on me for having so little faith. For today I am going to be happy for this couple. And I am going to think to myself “Of course they were acquitted in less than an hour. There were a jury made up of responsible rational adults hearing that case. A foregone conclusion.”