A housemate of a woman given a suspended prison sentence after buying drugs to terminate her pregnancy said she contacted police over the guilt she felt seeing the foetus in a bin.
On Monday, a court heard the woman bought two types of drugs online, took them and miscarried on 12 July 2014.
Her housemate told the BBC that she and another housemate rang the police for advice.
The 1967 Abortion Act does not apply to Northern Ireland.
Abortion is only permitted in Northern Ireland if a woman’s life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.
On Wednesday, the housemate told the BBC Radio Ulster’s Nolan Show she had been visiting relatives when the woman at the centre of the court case, who was 19 at the time, took the tablets.
Abortion law in Northern Ireland
• The laws covering abortion in Northern Ireland are the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, and the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 1945. In the vast majority of circumstances, is a criminal offence in Northern Ireland to have or perform an abortion.
• The only exceptions are to save a woman’s life, or if there is a risk of permanent and serious damage to her mental or physical health.
• Many women who do not fit in these categories travel from Northern Ireland each year to have an abortion in other parts of the UK.
• In England, Wales and Scotland access to abortion is covered by the 1967 Abortion Act. That permits terminations up to 24 weeks of pregnancy in certain circumstances.
• It is also allowed over 24 weeks if there is a grave risk to the life of the woman, evidence of severe foetal abnormality; or risk of grave physical and mental injury to the woman.
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Source:: BBC UK