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Police: Tennessee Woman Charged With Attempted Murder For Trying To Do 'Self-Abortion'

| by Michael Allen
Anna Yocca.Anna Yocca.

Anna Yocca was charged with first-degree attempted murder for allegedly trying to perform a "self-abortion" on herself in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Police say the 31-year-old woman was 24 weeks pregnant when she filled up a bathtub with water, pushed part of a coat hanger inside herself, panicked when she saw blood in the water, called her boyfriend for help and eventually gave birth to a 1.5-pound baby boy in a medical facility, notes The Murfreesboro Post.

The baby will likely have to stay on oxygen for the rest of his life and use medication because of damage caused by the coat hanger to his eyes, lungs and heart, according to doctors.

Yocca was arrested on Dec. 9 and is being held on $200,000 bail. She has a court date scheduled for Dec. 21, reports the Daily News Journal.

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Nurses and doctors who treated Yocca said that she made disturbing comments about the baby and wanting to end her pregnancy, but would not go into detail, notes WTVF.

According to The Tennessean, the state passed a law in May 2015 that requires women to make one trip to an abortion clinic for counseling, and then wait 48 hours before making a second trip to have the legal medical procedure. Women may have travel up to 100 miles within the state to one of seven abortion clinics twice.

Another law was passed that required all clinics performing more than 50 surgical abortions annually be regulated as outpatient surgery centers, which has caused clinics in other states to close.

Pro-life advocates have said the new rules are intended to the protect the health of women, but pro-choice supporters say the laws are pushing women back to the days when abortion was illegal.

Sources: The Murfreesboro Post, Daily News Journal, WTVF, The Tennessean / Photo credit: Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Media Handout