Kenlissia Jones, a 23-year-old woman from Georgia, was recently charged with malice murder after taking an abortion pill that terminated her pregnancy.
Jones, who is the mother of a young son, had been pregnant for over five months when she took Cytotec, an abortion pill she bought online. Cytotec is sometimes taken at the time of delivery to help induce labor because it causes the womb muscles to contract.
After taking the pill on Saturday, Jones asked her neighbor to drive her to the hospital as she was in a great deal of pain. While in the car Jones delivered the 5-month-old fetus, and it died about 30 minutes later in the hospital.
Jones was arrested not long after. Georgia law states abortions carried out after the first trimester must be performed in licensed facilities.
Ricco Riggins, Jones' brother, told The Washington Post she couldn't afford to get an abortion the legal way.
Both anti-abortion activists and pro-choice proponents were baffled by this arrest, as it is at odds with Georgia law.
Lynn Paltrow, an attorney and the executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, said,
After District Attorney Greg Edwards reviewed the case, Jones' charges were dropped. Malice murder, one of the charges she faced, would have been punishable by life or death in prison.
Citations: Georgia Woman Charged With Murder After Taking Abortion Pill (The Wall Street Journal), Ga Woman Charged With Murder Didnt Have Any Money to Get an Abortion the Legal Way Brother Says (The Washington Post), Cyotec (WebMD), 5 month old fetus lived 30 minutes after abortion pill delivery (WALB)