Prosecution of Unauthorized Abortion Pill Websites Begins
Ursula Wing sold abortion drugs to U.S. customers and is now charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown
The first wave of prosecutions of abortion pill sellers is upon us. A federal court last week arraigned pill purveyor Ursula Wing on charges of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce and of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Wing, who lives in New York, is accused of running a website that sold foreign-sourced pharmaceuticals to U.S. customers. The drugs Wing supposedly sold—mifepristone and misoprostol—can be taken in a two-step process to induce an abortion. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved this pill regimen for prescription use, under the brand name Mifeprex.
New York Woman Faces Up to Eight Years Behind Bars for Selling Abortion Pills Online
In February, FDA agents showed up at Ursula Wing’s door with an arrest warrant and seized her computer and phones, her daughter’s iPad, boxes of medication abortion pills, and a dozen packages that she was set to mail.
Aug 9, 2019
A New York City woman who sold medication abortion pills to more than 2,000 people over two years has been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce. If convicted, she could face up to eight years in prison.
In 2012, the woman, Ursula Wing, posted on her blog the Macrobiotic Stoner about her experience terminating her pregnancy using pills that she had bought online. Four years later, she found herself running a business providing medication abortion pills to customers who needed them, including a teenager who was afraid to tell her parents that she was pregnant, and a woman who hid her abortion from her abusive partner.
Five busted in Klaten for allegedly running online abortion clinic
Ganug Nugroho Adi
The Jakarta Post
Thu, March 14, 2019
The Klaten Police arrested five people last Friday for allegedly running an online abortion clinic in Ceper, Klaten, Central Java.
The suspects were identified as Agung Nugroho and his wife, Anisa Puspitasari, as well as Ariyanti, a local midwife. Agung and Anis allegedly offered abortion services on a LINE messaging app under the handle Nindira. The police also arrested Dian Arisa and Yoga Janu, a couple who allegedly used the clinic’s service.
Court: Medics fear life imprisonment over restrictive NI abortion laws
Friday, October 05, 2018
Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws have left medics fearing life imprisonment, a court heard.
They have had a chilling effect on doctors, a lawyer for a woman forced to travel to England for a termination for a fatal foetal abnormality said.
Bill to legalise abortion services introduced in Dáil
Thursday, 4 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter
The Minister for Health has introduced the Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the Dáil, which seeks to legalise abortion services in Ireland.
Simon Harris said legislators in the national parliament hold a privileged position, especially when acting on the instruction of the people in a referendum.
‘Outdated’ UK abortion laws hampering care for women, doctors say
Study finds threat of prosecution makes doctors less likely to go into abortion provision
Wednesday 12 September 2018
Doctors think Britain’s “outdated” abortion law hampers their ability to provide the best care for women, a new study has found.
Research from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, a charity which provides terminations and pregnancy advice, discovered that rules such as making two doctors sign off abortion forms give rise to delays.
Online abortion ads: Doctors defend right to inform patients
Two gynecologists in Germany could face jail time for listing abortion as one of the medical services offered at their practice. People outside the court argued that providing information to women shouldn't be a crime.
Author Rebecca Staudenmaier
Dozens of protesters gathered outside a court in the German city of Kassel on Wednesday as the latest trial concerning Germany's ban on abortion "advertising" began.
Gynecologists Natascha Nicklaus and Nora Szasz face charges of posting on their website that they offer abortions. A list detailing the outpatient surgeries the doctors perform includes the legally contentious entry: "Abortion — surgical or medicinal."
Police arrest 2 women over abortion in Nyamira
Saturday August 11 2018
By RUTH MBULA
Police in Keroka, Nyamira County detained two women over abortion-related crimes.
Keroka police boss Eliud Muchira said the two women were seized on Friday evening from a house in Nyankoba village while in the company of two high school students who were allegedly attempting to procure illegal abortion.
Doctor, nurse in trouble as patient died after abortion
By Olawale Adewale, The Nigerian Voice, Osogbo
29 July 2018
The Ogun state Police Command has arrested one Doctor Olawale Raji and a nurse Olusegun Funmilayo for carrying out an abortion that led to the death of one Aminat Iyanda.
Their arrest followed a complaint from the the sister of the deceased, one Bose Kazeem of Ireakari Street, Atan-Ota.
Abortion ban on Constitutional Court’s review in 6 years
By Choi Gwang-seok
Six years after upholding abortion ban, the Constitutional Court is reviewing whether or not abortion should be decriminalized.
In August 2012, the court’s four judges out of the eight-judge panel voted to keep the ban. The other four voted to overturn it. The panel failed to get six votes in favor of overturning it, which led to the conclusion that abortion would be illegal in Korea.