Martin Chitwood: Penn. nursing home aide gets prison time for giving teen daughter illegally obtained abortion pills
The Huffington Post reported this week on a controversial story that we knew would have nurses everywhere talking.
Jennifer Ann Whalen, a nursing home aide from Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to prison for 12-18 months for purchasing and giving her 16-year-old daughter abortion pills she bought online. It is a state law that abortions be performed in-clinic by a doctor.
Whalen didn’t have the insurance to cover a hospital stay for an abortion procedure and said there was no local clinic nearby, so she purchased the pills online for $45. The pills caused cramps and bleeding from the eventual miscarriage, and Whalen’s daughter was hospitalized.
In addition to her prison sentence, Whalen has been fined $1,000 by the state and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service upon her release.
Check out the full story here and then tell us your thoughts in the comments below. What do you think about the verdict Whalen received?