Teenager's Home Abortion May Spur Charges

A Massachusetts teen who ended a pregnancy with a do-it-yourself abortion may be charged with murder/homicide. The Dominican immigrant took a drug commonly used to treat ulcers to terminate her pregnancy — a practice commonly used in other countries.

Authorities say the charges will hinge on how far along the girl's pregnancy was.

But advocates say the case exposes the health-care system's failure to educate and inform young people about legal abortion.

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