Pervi Patel, an Indiana woman, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for not having a proper abortion.
According to the Chicago Tribune Patel opted for the convenience of abortifacient drugs from China, rather than seeking the assistance of a doctor. When the infant was born premature and still alive, the new mother left him on the floor to die, and then threw the baby in a trash can.
Judge Elizabeth Hurley took a moment to scold Patel for her actions at sentencing.
“You, Miss Patel, are an educated woman of considerable means. If you wished to terminate your pregnancy safely and legally, you could have done so,” Hurley said. “You planned a course of action and took matters into your hands and chose not to go to a doctor.”
Apparently, Miss Patel will be serving time in prison, not for killing her baby–but for doing it on the cheap.