Desperate Tennessee Woman Allegedly Attempts Self-Abortion, Ends Up Being Arrested On Murder Charges

| by Zara Zhi
Anna Yocca.Anna Yocca.

After an alleged failed abortion attempt, a woman in Tennessee is being indicted for attempted first-degree murder.

Anna Yocca, 31, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was arrested by authorities on Dec. 9 and is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail, reports the Daily News Journal.

In September, Yocca reportedly filled a bathtub with water and tried to self-abort her fetus with a coat hanger, say law enforcement officials. She was 24 weeks pregnant.

She was bleeding profusely and grew concerned about her well-being, so Yocca's boyfriend took her to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. 

Later moving to Saint Thomas Midtown in Nashville, doctors delivered a baby weighing 1.5 pounds. The child will require medical care for the rest of his life due to injuries.

Yocca is due in court on Dec. 21. Jail officials do not know whether or not she has an attorney, reports Daily Mail. She reportedly told hospital workers she wanted to terminate her pregnancy.

“The whole time she was concerned for her health, her safety and never gave any attention to the health and safety of the unborn child,” said Sgt. Kyle Evans, reports Daily Mail.

According to Tennessee state law via FindLaw, partial birth abortions are illegal and “Attempting to procure miscarriage is also a felony, subject to same exceptions for legal abortions.” Only abortions before the first trimester are allowed with a doctor’s recommendation.

Tennessee, is an anti-choice state and according to Pro-Choice America, has unconstitutional and unenforceable rules that expose women seeking abortions to biased counseling requirements and compulsory deferrals.

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that around 1 in 3 American women will have an abortion by the age of 45.

Sources: Daily Mail, Daily News Journal, FindLaw, Pro-Choice America, Guttmacher Institute / Photo credit: Facebook via Daily Mail