Woman Aborts Her Own Baby within a Week of Her Due Date
Sarah Catt, a 35-year-old wife and mother of two with her husband, has just been sentenced to 8 years in prison after she aborted her own baby boy in the final stages of her pregnancy—more specifically, within a week of her due date.
Catt, who is from Sherburn-in-Elmet in North Yorkshire, England, had an affair with one of her coworkers for 7 years. Back in 2009, she discovered she was pregnant and quickly became filled with apprehension. One of her first thoughts was that the father of the unborn baby was not her husband, but rather, the man she was cheating with from work.
Not wanting her husband to find out, she concealed the fact that she was even pregnant from him. Eventually, she decided to go to the abortion clinic to have a legal abortion, but when she arrived there, she discovered she had waited too long and had missed the legal limit of 24 weeks, according to The Northern Echo.
Being turned away from the abortion clinic, Catt decided to take matters into her own hands and went onto the internet where she searched for “inducing an abortion at 30 weeks.” She also researched other information about forms and methods of illegal abortions.
Finally, she managed to find a company in Mumbai, India that would supply her with an illegal drug used to induce labor, according to the Daily Mail. They also reported that she took the afternoon off from work on May 25th. It is suspected that she performed the at-home-abortion during that time.
It was not until earlier this year, a little over two years since the abortion had happened, that Catt finally admitted to administering poison with the intent to procure a miscarriage (The Northern Echo).
After police had some time to investigate, they discovered Catt went on a family holiday to France a mere two days after giving herself the abortion. She went on the trip and acted like nothing had happened.
She has since been sentenced to 8 years in prison, which is the same average amount of time for rape, but longer than the average sentence for manslaughter, according to the Huffington Post UK. According to more of their findings, Catt failed to show any kind of emotion during the hearing and she was described as “cold and calculating” by the police.
The Judge in Leeds Crown Court, Cooke, at the sentencing said, “What you have done is rob an apparently healthy child, vulnerable and defenseless, 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” (Daily Mail).