THE couple charged with breaching Queensland's century-old abortion laws, triggering the first prosecution of its kind, have told of how they were firebombed out of their home near Cairns.
Sergie Brennan, 21, who is facing up to 14 years' jail for attempting to procure an abortion for his 19-year-old girlfriend, said their former home south of the city had been hit by a Molotov cocktail, and his car was vandalised in a separate attack.
"It was pretty bad," he said in his first interview since being charged with partner Tegan Simone Leach, who is accused of procuring her own miscarriage. "Everyone in Australia knew who we were, and where we lived."
Mr Brennan, a quietly spoken mechanic, said his girlfriend was "coping" now they had moved to a house with security cameras and dogs. "We are OK now because nobody knows where we live ... we just have to get through the court case," he said.
Mr Brennan said he had been told by his lawyer not to discuss the case, set down for committal proceedings in the Cairns Magistrates Court next month. But he said he and Ms Leach, who faces seven years' jail if convicted, were hopeful they would be cleared.
Some background here and here.
Meanwhile, Blob Blogging Wingnut continues to insist that women don't talk about their abortions because -- whatever the women themselves might say -- they are deeply wounded/shamed by them. Um. No. Many women don't talk about their abortion because they're afraid of the violent reactions whipped up by people like SUZY ALL-CAPS.