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Woman lands in Sharjah court over abortion pills


DUBAI – A Syrian woman is on trial for allegedly aborting her baby by using pills that she ordered online.

A medical report found that the Syrian, 24, ingested 15 tablets that can cause abortion. She was six weeks pregnant when she took the pills.

She denied the charge of abortion at the Sharjah Criminal Court, saying that she only took medication prescribed by doctors.

Her husband said he was unaware that she ordered the pills online and took them.

The case came to light after she visited a clinic in Sharjah in April due to heavy bleeding. “The doctor informed me I was pregnant,” the woman told the court.

She was taken to Al Qasimi Hospital in Sharjah where a medical report found traces of abortion pills in her blood.

When interrogated by police, the woman said she ordered the tablets online but was not aware that it was illegal to do so. However, when examined by prosecutors, she denied ordering or taking the tablets.

In the UAE, abortion is illegal, unless it is required to save the mother’s life and if the labour term is below 120 days.

The trial resumes in September. GAD/Expat Media


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