I have just finished reading the following news report:
A Cairns magistrate has reserved her decision on whether a far north Queensland couple will face trial on charges of illegally procuring an abortion.
Prosecutors say Tegan Leach, 19, and Sergie Brennan, 21, used drugs from overseas to terminate a pregnancy earlier this year.
Leach is charged with procuring a miscarriage, while Brennan is charged with supplying drugs to procure an abortion.
A committal hearing in the Cairns Magistrates Court today heard police found blister packets labelled as abortion drugs at their home in February, and that Leach admitted using them.
Prosecutors told the court police were searching the couple's Cairns home in February when officers found two empty packets believed to have held a version of the medical abortion drug ru486.
The couple's defence lawyer argued that because no chemical analysis was done there was no evidence to prove that the drugs Leach admitted to taking were in fact poisonous or noxious.
The defence also said there was no medical evidence to confirm that Leach did miscarry as a direct result of taking the five tablets.
The criminal code says a woman who attempts to procure a miscarriage by administering poison or a noxious thing, or uses any force of any kind, is guilty of a crime.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Peter Austen told Magistrate Sandra Pearson that while there was no way police could provide details of the chemical compound of the drugs taken, he argued that the only conclusion that could be drawn from what was taken, why it was taken and what the effect was is obvious.
Magistrate Pearson adjourned the hearing, saying she would deliver her verdict at a date to be set.
Meanwhile, State Parliament today passed laws to clarify legal protections for doctors prescribing drugs to perform abortions.
It never ceases to amaze me at the duplicity of Secular Humanism. On the one hand, the Queensland Civil Government is working to sanction baby-murder performed by doctors and medical staff in hospitals, but here, baby murder by private citizens is rightly called what it is, illegal. Why does murder get sanitised because it is performed by a doctor? Murder is murder is murder, irrespective of who does the murdering.