A young woman, 22-year-old has denied illegally aborting her child while the country was under lockdown.
Bethany Cox, 22-year-old, is accused of using Misoprostol, a medication that was forbidden for home use in the UK until 2018, to terminate her unborn child while it was ‘capable of being born alive.’
Cox, of Eaglescliffe, Stockton on Tees, was charged with two counts of child destruction and producing her own miscarriage by poison when she was 19 years old during an appearance at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday.
Both counts carry a possible prison term of life in prison.
Cox appeared in court and pleaded ‘not guilty’ to all charges.
The charges stem from the first Covid shutdown in July 2020.
The first Charge states: “On 06/07/2020 at Stockton, with intent to destroy the life of a child capable of being born alive, by a wilful act, namely administering drugs to procure abortion, contrary to Section 58 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861, caused the child to die before it had an existence independent of its mother.”
The second charge reads: “Between the 02/07/2020 and 07/07/2020 at Stockton being a woman with child, unlawfully administered to yourself a poison or other noxious thing, namely Misoprostol, with intent to procure your own miscarriage.”
Judge Paul Watson KC released her on unconditional bail.
The British government declared in August 2018 that it would legalize the home use of early medical abortion medicines, including Misoprostol, in England by the end of that year.