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Woman Jailed Over Full-Term Home Abortion
A woman who aborted her own baby less than a week before his due date has been jailed for eight years.
Sarah Catt bought drugs on the internet which induced her labour when her pregnancy was nearly full-term.
She claimed the boy was stillborn and that she buried his body but no evidence of the child was ever found, Leeds Crown Court heard.
Catt, 35, already had two children with her husband when she became pregnant in 2009 - but believed the baby's father was a man with whom she had been having an affair for seven years.
She tried to terminate the pregnancy in 2010 but discovered she had missed the legal limit of 24 weeks.
She made several searches on the internet relating to illegal abortions and abortion drugs, including "Where can I get an illegal abortion?" and "Inducing an abortion at 30 weeks".
Catt, from Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire, bought a drug used to terminate pregnancy or induce labour over the internet from a company in Mumbai, India, in May 2010.
She is believed to have taken it towards the end of May 2010 when she was nearly 40 weeks pregnant.
After initially claiming she had undergone a legal abortion at a Marie Stopes clinic in March of that year, she pleaded guilty earlier this year to administering a poison with intent to procure a miscarriage.
Catt told a psychiatrist she had taken the drug while her husband was away and delivered the baby boy by herself at home.
She said the child was not breathing or moving and that she had buried his body but has not revealed the location. The court heard she went on holiday to France on May 27.
Mr Justice Cooke said she had robbed the baby of the life it was about to have and said the seriousness of the crime lay between manslaughter and murder.
Sentencing Catt, who showed no emotion during the hour-long hearing, the judge said: "The critical element of your offending is the deliberate choice made by you, in full knowledge of the due date of your child, to terminate the pregnancy at somewhere close to term, if not actually at term, with the full knowledge that termination after week 24 was unlawful and in full knowledge your child's birth was imminent."
Catt made a search on the internet on May 21, 2010, asking what would happen if she took the drug at term, and on May 26 she asked how soon the drug would work.
Mr Justice Cooke said: "It's a fair inference you must have taken the drug somewhere around that time.
"What you have done is rob an apparently healthy child, vulnerable and defenceless, of the life which he was about to commence.
"The child in the womb was so near to birth, in my judgment all right-thinking people would think this offence more serious than unintentional manslaughter."
what do you think?
I want to comment but I'm finding it hard to think of the right words. I have a new grandson. he's 13 days old today and is the most fantastic addition to my family. I just can't comprehend the actions of this woman.
8 years? And when she's released? She should be sterilized!!
At the very least. Beggars belief, Jasmin.
Disgusting and shocking.
This made me feel physically sick! That poor baby rip!
What a horrible creature. Hope her other kids hate her for murdering their baby brother, and I hope she gets daily beatings from the other inmates for being a real monster.
Sounds like she needs psychiatric help
Can't even begin to think how evil someone must be to take the life of a baby at any stage of pregnancy but this close to her due date? she must be more than sick in the head, myself I have exactly 7 days until my due date and already feel so much for my unborn child, I just can't get my head around this at all.
As a mother myself i agree she must be evil and very sick in the head may she be plagued by nightmares forever. Goodluck Katie for next week
The only word i can think of to describe her is EVIL.
so many couples who cant have children would have given this child a loving home. so cruel and so sad
Her own fault if she's stupid enough to have an affair and then get pregnant by it. She should have thought about the consequences of that first, instead of trying to run from her mistake afterwards.
Such a waste of life. She must have felt really desperate to go to these resorts, what a shame she didn't reach out for some help, maybe things would have been alot different.
Crystal, It's not the first time....go check out this piece of garbage!!
Has she done this before then, jasmine?
A dreadful read. There is no good in this monster's story but at least the boor boy she murdered will never have to live with a mother like that. I wouldn't wish it on any child. I can often see the other side of the story but this one has floored me.
Me too, movvi...why leave it till the end?
She must have been desperate to have considered such an awful action.
You are entitled to your opinion, jackie, but I cannot think of any excuses for this...
She should count herself lucky to even be able to get pregnant.... I've kidney failure and have been told to do everything by the book for us to even start trying makes me sick to the stomach this! I'd give anything to be able to have a baby soon I've been waiting 2 yrs b4 I've got the ok and I still dot know how long I'm waiting for.
This is a very disturbing story how can one person do this to herself poot baby
I'm not anti abortion, strongly feel a woman should make her own decisions, however....if this pregnancy was unwanted, as it was...why in the hell wait till the end of the pregnancy to decide to terminate yourself? Nope...no excuses, not for this, she was sound enough in mind to research how to do it on the Internet, this is evil, she murdered that baby....
Did her husband not notice her pregnancy? I would have thought he would have his own questions to ask.
I normally try to find good or a reason in everything but this one has me flummuxed. How can woman leave it so late? She has other children and must have known she was pregnanat well before the 24 week limit. There is no excuse for this. Having gone so far why not offer the child for adoption so he could have been loved by another couple?
"between murder and manslaughter" It is plain murder, she plotted and planned to "terminate" her pregnancy, or in other words to murder the tiny life that was depending on her, utter filth