Tegan Leach has been found not guilty of inducing her own abortion — but the premier of her Australian state says abortion laws there are unlikely to change.
Twenty-one-year-old Leach had been charged with "illegally obtaining her own abortion" for taking abortion pills her partner Sergie Brennan got from his sister in Ukraine. He was charged with assisting her. Today, a jury took less than an hour to acquit them. Obstetrician Caroline D'Costa told ABC News that the verdict was a referendum on Queensland's restrictive abortion laws, which currently allow the procedure only if a woman's mental or physical health is at risk. She said, "I believe that the fact that they've been found not guilty is a very clear demonstration that the people of Queensland do not think these laws are appropriate in the 21st century."