In 2004, a woman's heart condition worsened during pregnancy. Not only was this not picked up till she was 21 weeks pregnant, what followed was horrific
The woman's family complained after the 2004 deaths, saying she wanted a termination due to her heart condition but was advised the health risk of her pregnancy was small or that it was too late for a legal termination.Our abortion law may not have much going for it, but it has no time limits for legal abortion. The criteria for an abortion at 28 weeks are exactly the same as the criteria at 8 weeks. The relevant critera in this case is section (1)(a) of the Crimes Act:
That the continuance of the pregnancy would result in serious danger (not being danger normally attendant upon childbirth) to the life, or to the physical or mental health, of the woman or girl
Since the woman died four hours after the baby was stillborn by c-section I think we can be fairly sure that the pregnancy did result in serious danger to her life.