Woman dies after abortion threat
Woman dies after abortion threat

A pregnant woman took her own life after her boyfriend left her because she refused to have an abortion, her mother claims.

Britain's Daily Mail reports 26-year-old Cassie Turton from King's Lynn in Norfolk, had been distraught after her relationship with her boyfriend of seven months ended.

According to her mother, Miss Turton had wanted to continue with her pregnancy despite having Marfan syndrome, a genetic condition which increased risks during pregnancy.

But Miss Turton's brother Bradley Prior said her partner Michael Fysh wanted her to have an abortion.

"If you narrow it all down, it was either 'You kill the baby or I'm not going to be with you'. That's how blunt it was. No one should ever be in that position," he said.

Her mother, Sandra Hammond-Grant told the tabloid her daughter slashed her wrists and took an overdose of over-the-counter drugs on February 14.

Miss Turton sent Mr Fysh pictures of her slashed wrists and told him she wanted to keep the baby.

He sent the pictures to her mother who rushed to her home where a neighbour was helping her.

Miss Turton had been for a pregnancy check-up earlier that day.

"It was just a mad five minute temper, a moment of madness, she can't have realised the consequences," her mother said.

An ambulance had not arrived 40 minutes later so Ms Hammond-Grant drove her daughter to hospital where she died hours later.

A post mortem determined she had died from an overdose.

Her mother said the family were too angry to approach Mr Fysh and believed her daughter had not meant to take her own life.

"She had always dreamed of finding her perfect man and then having a happy baby. It's all gone so tragically wrong,' she said.

The Daily Mail reports an inquest into the woman's death has been opened.

If you or someone you know is suffering depression call Lifeline on 13 11 14.


The West Australian

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