Mar 11 2014
I’m always surprised when I come across this type of language in Canadian court decisions.
20 T.G. requested financial compensation in her victim impact statement, which was entered as an exhibit during the Crown’s submissions. She had no child support from D.G. and justifiably felt she was owed some compensation. In response to this, D.G. offered to make some financial reparation. He said, through his counsel, that he would be able to pay $500 within 90 days. The sentencing judge concluded that this offer demonstrated limited insight into his offence and lessened the remorse D.G. expressed. He said:
 … Through his counsel, [D.G.] offered to pay reparations, in the amount of $500, to his victim. That offer exacerbates my concern that [D.G.] has not yet grasped the enormity of his offence or its impact upon his victim. To state the matter bluntly, he repeatedly raped an innocent and helpless child over a period of years, impregnated her three times, stood by while she underwent two abortions (having in mind the emotional trauma suffered by any woman who undergoes an abortion for any reason), abandoned her and left her penniless to raise their son. He regards $500 as appropriate reparation for that conduct. I appreciate that [D.G.] is a man of limited means, but such an offer can only be seen as an expression of contempt for his victim.
Seems this one BC judge recognized that there’s often an emotional toll associated with having an abortion.
Source: R. v. G. (D.),2014 CarswellBC 531, 2014 BCCA 84
Andrea adds: For your “surprising passage in tragic case” files… I almost blogged about this story when it came out last week, but didn’t. But I will now:
The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously upheld the sexual assault conviction of a Nova Scotia man who tried to trick his girlfriend into becoming pregnant by poking holes in her condoms.
Craig Jaret Hutchinson was sentenced to 18 month in jail in December 2011 after he pierced his girlfriend’s condoms with a pin in 2006 so she would get pregnant and not break up with him.
The Halifax-area woman became pregnant and had an abortion, but later suffered an infection of her uterus that required treatment with antibiotics.
Leaving aside all other possible commentary on the horrible nature of this “relationship,” this appears to be the one moment when the media reports on negative physical health effects after abortion.