Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Teen forced to drink turpentine to induce abortion


Police: Teen Forced to Drink Turpentine to Induce Abortion
Police in Columbus, Georgia, say a 16-year-old girl was forced to drink turpentine in an attempt to induce an abortion. The girl's mother and two cousins are accused of making her do it. They have been charged with criminal abortion and face up to ten years in prison if convicted.
The teen is three months pregnant. Investigators don't know whether the turpentine hurt her or the fetus.
Police say there's no medical evidence that would indicate that ingesting turpentine could cause an abortion. Still, they say it's not a good idea to drink it.
Police say the women might have wanted the girl to have an abortion because she has an unrelated health problem that could be made worse in pregnancy. They say she also apparently got pregnant during a sexual assault.
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