Criminal penalties for women who self-abort?

Here is a link to a story in the National Right to Life News about a British women who was sentenced for aborting her own child in the last week of pregnancy. http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2012/09/british-woman-sentenced-to-eight-years-for-aborting-her-child-in-last-week-of-pregnancy/

In the US, the Ninth Circuit (on September 11, 2012) held unconstitutional an Idaho law prohibiting self-abortion. Here is commentary from Walter Weber. Here is his concluding paragraph. “The pro-life movement looks out for the interests of both expectant mothers and their babies, while the pro-abortion movement drives a wedge between the two. Both sides should agree, however, that it is in no one’s interest to have women engaging in destructive self-help medicine, essentially do-it-yourself back alley abortions. The Ninth Circuit unfortunately has laid the groundwork for invention of a constitutional right to self-abort. And sad to say, there are those seem to think this would be a good thing.”    http://www.lifenews.com/2012/09/12/court-women-have-the-right-to-engage-in-self-abortion-sort-of/

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Richard Myers

Richard S. Myers, the Vice-President of UFL, is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law, where he teaches Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Religious Freedom. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and earned his law degree at Notre Dame, where he won the law school's highest academic prize. He began his legal career by clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Myers also worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. He taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before joining the Ave Maria faculty. He is a co-editor of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (Catholic University of American Press, 2004) and a co-editor of Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He has also published extensively on constitutional law in law reviews and also testified before Congressional and state legislative hearings on life issues. Married to Mollie Murphy, who is also on the faculty at Ave Maria School of Law, they are the proud parents of six children - Michael, Patrick, Clare, Kathleen, Matthew, and Andrew. http://www.avemarialaw.edu/index.cfm?event=faculty.bio&pid=11705E7D4E0111010366