Calls for abortion law reform after mother jailed

After a woman was sentenced, the Commons equalities committee chair suggested reforming abortion laws.

Caroline Nokes MP told the BBC the 1861 statute used to charge mother-of-three Carla Foster was "out of date".

The 44-year-old was convicted of pill-induced abortion.

After her 28-month sentence, 14 of which were in prison, reformers demanded change.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Foster got medication from the "pills by post" scheme during lockdown while 32–34 weeks pregnant.

After 10 weeks, clinic-based abortion is authorized up to 24 weeks.

Foster denied child destruction but pled guilty to a Section 58 offense under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

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