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March 11, 2014

Woman to face trial in drug-induced abortion case

Susquehanna Valley — DANVILLE — A Washingtonville woman charged with obtaining abortion-inducing drugs from overseas, resulting in a 16-year-old’s miscarriage, has waived her court arraignment.

Jennifer A. Whalen, 38, of 15 1/2 Water St., waived her right to a formal arraignment Tuesday in Montour County Court. According to paperwork submitted by her attorney, she also entered a not-guilty plea. She did not appear in court.

The young woman, now 18, is not being identified.

Whalen, who had worked as a nurse’s aide at an area nursing home, faces charges of intentionally, knowingly and recklessly performing an abortion on another while not being a doctor and not obtaining a determination by a doctor if an abortion was necessary, dispensing and distributing an abortion-inducing drug to the girl, endangering the welfare of children and simple assault.

According to the charges, Whalen told state police at Milton the girl told her several weeks prior to Jan. 23-Feb. 6, 2012, she was pregnant and she didn’t want a baby. She took a home pregnancy test with the results positive.

She bought the drugs for about $45 and received them by mail in four days, according to the charges. After taking two pills, the girl immediately began menstruating. About a week after she took the drugs, she experienced severe abdominal pain.

Whalen took the girl to Geisinger Medical Center’s emergency room for treatment on Feb. 6, 2012.

The girl was interviewed Feb. 10, 2012, by the Child Advocacy Center in Northumberland where she told center officials she was going to go to a hospital for an abortion, but didn’t have insurance.

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