Tennessee Self-Abortion Arrest Highlights Dangers of War on Women

by Deirdre Fulton – ‘The Tennessee legislature is responsible for the coat hanger, however, Ms. Yocca is on trial and that is unacceptable.’ A Tennessee woman is facing an indictment for first-degree attempted murder after she tried to self-abort, offering a stark illustration of how restrictions on reproductive healthcare and criminalization of abortion can impact individuals in the United States. According to Tennessee’s Daily News Journal, 31-year-old Anna Yocca was arrested last week and is accused of using a coat hanger in an attempt to end her pregnancy in September. She was 24 weeks into gestation. The Murfreesboro Post adds that Yocca was booked into jail on a $200,000 bond. Detective Tommy Roberts charged that Yocca filled a bathtub with water, “took a coat hanger and attempted to self-abort her pregnancy.” Because of the amount of blood, she “became concerned about her safety” and her boyfriend took her to Saint Thomas...

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