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July 11, 2014

Woman to enter plea related to abortion

DANVILLE – A woman arrested for obtaining abortion-inducing drugs overseas via the Internet which resulted in a 16-year-old’s miscarriage is expected to enter a guilty plea.

Jennifer A. Whalen, 38, of 15 and one-half Water St., Washingtonville, is scheduled to plea in Montour County Court Aug. 11, according to her attorney Matthew Banks.

The young woman in the case, who is now 18, is not being identified.

At the time Whalen was arrested, she told a state trooper she was a nurse but a trooper said she had no practicing license as a nurse when she previously waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

The 16-year-old told police Whalen was a nurse’s aide at a nursing home.

Whalen, who remains free on $25,000 unsecured bail, 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.

State police at Milton said Whalen told them 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.

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