Failed Abortion Leads To Attempted Murder Charges


A WOMAN IN TENNESSEE HAS BEEN
CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED FIRST-DEGREE MURDER AFTER SHE
ATTEMPTED TO DO AN ABORTION ON HERSELF. SHE WAS 24 WEEKS PREGNANT AND SHE FILLED A
BATHTUB WITH HOT WATER, WENT IN THE BATHTUB AND THEN USED A
COAT HANGER TO DO THE ABORTION. WHEN SHE STARTED BLEEDING,
SHE GOT SCARED AND HER BOYFRIEND TOOK HER TO
THE HOSPITAL. HER BOYFRIEND TOOK HER TO THE
HOSPITAL WHERE DOCTORS DELIVERED A 24 WEEK OLD BABY
WEIGHING 1.5 POUNDS. DOCTORS SAY THE CHILD WILL NEED
MEDICAL SUPPORT FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE BECAUSE OF
THE INJURIES HE SUSTAINED. HE RECEIVED DAMAGE TO
HIS LUNGS AND EYES. THIS MADE ME WANT TO LOOK
INTO THE ABORTION LAWS IN TENNESSEE. A LOT OF THESE RED STATES ARE
BECOMING MORE RESTRICTIVE WHEN IT COMES TO
REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS. IN 2011, 96 PERCENT OF TENNESSEE
COUNTIES HAD NO ABORTION CLINIC. 62 PERCENT OF TENNESSEE WOMEN
LIVED IN THESE COUNTIES. IF THERE ARE FEW CLINICS IN THE
STATES, AND YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH A 48 HOUR WAITING
PERIOD, FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE IN A LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS YOU
DON’T HAVE THE RESOURCES FOR IT. I’M NOT MAKING EXCUSES FOR HER. WHAT SHE DID AT 24
WEEKS WAS HORRENDOUS. THIS IS A VERY SAD STORY
AND SHOWS YOU WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES ARE WHEN YOU START
MAKING REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS MORE RESTRICTIVE.>>I HOPE TO GOD THIS DID NOT
DETER HER FROM GOING EARLIER. PART OF THE POINT OF THE
LAW IS TO DETER PEOPLE. HAVING SAID ALL THAT, NONE OF
IT EXCUSES HER ACTIONS. AT 24 WEEKS, IT IS ILLEGAL.
THAT BABY SURVIVED. THE REASON WHY LATE TERM
ABORTIONS ARE ILLEGAL IS BECAUSE AT THAT POINT THEY CAN SURVIVE.
THEY ARE INDEPENDENT LIFE FORMS. SO, THE CUT OFF IS
NEVER PERFECT. SOMETIMES A 24 WEEK OLD BABY MIGHT NOT
SURVIVE OUTSIDE THE WOMB. BUT THE CUT OFF WE HAVE IS
REASONABLE AND IF YOU TRY TO HAVE AN ABORTION AFTER, THAT
IS NOT AN ABORTION THAT IS KILLING AN INDEPENDENT LIFE. WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT EARLY TERM
ABORTIONS, BUT THAT IS A CLUMP OF CELLS THAT HAVE NOT
BECOME A HUMAN BEING.>>FOR ME, THAT IS THE THING
THAT IS IN QUESTION. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT KEPT
POPPING UP WITH REPUBLICANS IS THEY WANTED THE CUTOFF PERIOD
FOR ABORTIONS TO BE 20 WEEKS. I DID NOT THINK THAT WAS
UNREASONABLE. THE ONLY THING I DIDN’T LIKE WAS
USUALLY REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO SCALE BACK ON REPRODUCTIVE
RIGHTS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THEY ARE NOT BEING
GENUINE OR SINCERE. I DON’T AGREE WITH ABORTION IN
THOSE SITUATIONS UNLESS THEIR LIFE IS IN DANGER.>>THAT IS A GRAY POINT THAT
IS WORTHY OF DEBATE. WHAT SHE DID WAS A CRIME
AND IT IS FAIRLY CLEAR. THERE IS A REASON WHY WE
HAVE THOSE LAWS. UNFORTUNATELY IT IS A
TOTAL TRAGEDY.

100 Replies to “Failed Abortion Leads To Attempted Murder Charges”

  1. No TYT. First time I've disagreed with you. This is against basic human rights. As long as the fetus is apart of her body, she can do what she wishes with it.

    Viability is a silly argument in this case. Embryos are technically "viable" if manipulated correctly.

  2. Stop using flowery language. I am pro choice, but have a hard time swallowing "independant life, or viable". The honest term is Person. Don't stoop to minimization like the neo cons…

  3. i feel so so bad for this woman. she felt she had no choice, she felt so backed into a corner that she had to do a home abortion. if she had access to a clinic before this happened, no one would have had to suffer. but now the child will have to live its entire life on life support and she might go to jail because the government failed her.

  4. Republican lawmakers must be a special kind of stupid to think making it harder for women to get abortions would make women keep their unwanted baby. At 24 weeks she shouldn't have did a DIY abortion because that baby is fucked up health wise for life because of her selfish actions. If she was going to do all of this then she should have been on birth control. She could have gave the boyfriend the baby and chuck the deuces and be a deadbeat mom because at least the baby would have been healthy.

  5. Even if she wasn't able to access an abortion clinic for whatever reason, she could have at least tried a DIY abortion earlier. I have a hard time believing that in 6 months she couldn't find two days to got he an abortion clinic though. I took the liberty of look up abortion clinics near her. There are two in her city (Murfreesboro). People in the comments are acting like it was impossible for her to get an abortion. Stop trying to use this tragedy as fuel for your personal views when you have absolutely no idea what the circumstances are.

    There is no excuse for waiting 6 months and then trying to kill your fetus. This child is now permanently damaged by her actions and she absolutely deserves jail time. It was nothing short of attempted murder. Doesn't matter if you're pro-life or pro-choice, her behaviour was completely unacceptable.

    I'm pro-choice btw.

  6. This is attempted murder im sorry you can blame abortion laws but at 24 weeks its illegal for a reason she couldnt finish the pregnancy and just give the baby up for adoption? there's so many people who cant have children that could take care of that baby ths is irresponsible and a coat hanger ??

  7. Damn this story sucks. We should just make birth control pills more affordable and available for women so these situations don't happen 🙁

  8. i guarantee the only reason the pregnancy even reached that far and the only reason she went to that extreme was because of pure desperation and the fact that it is so difficult to get an abortion. Thanks Carly and other republicans, i hope you're pleased with the results of your stupid war on planned parenthood and any sort of pro choice solutions.

  9. So pro choicers would be fine if the baby was killed by an abortion doctor but its a tragedy that the baby lived? I am so sick of hypocrites… its very disturbing.

  10. )= Foster parents would love to have a young baby boy or girl. Some people can't have babies and would love to be a mom/dad. This baby could have been given up for adoption and made a family happy. I feel that abortion is a woman's right.

  11. Why couldn't this woman just haver the chold and give it up for adoption… She's hurt herself and the child when she could have just had it and then helped another family get a child of their own. This woman is a total idiot, but I don't think she should be charged with murder or attempted murder, but she should do some time or probation. This was a horrible story. I still think that women should be able to choose what happens to their own bodies. This was not that, though..

  12. meanwhile, gunning down unarmed black people is perfectly legal. You can support it and still be pro life… (some people are just dense)

  13. Perhaps more access to sexual education, birth control, and safe abortions would prevent incidences like this, but unfortunately there are too many politicians pandering to the ignorant for women and men to consult/get these services.

  14. I have to ask

    Why is it not okay for her to be charged with attempted murder?

    What was she attempting to do? She want trying to endue labor, she was using a coat hanger to harm the baby. Did she think the coat hanger would not cause death to the baby?

    Another question, if one wanted to abort a baby, how many here would have thought. "Hey, a coat hanger will do the trick?"; its highly unlikely unless youve been told about it or ready up about it. Saying that, it leads me to the following: https://drjengunter.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/anatomy-of-a-coat-hanger-abortion/

    Thats just 1 site, that speaks about coat hanger abortion. SO its likely, the women google ways to abort her baby and came upon this article, as I just did.

    Knowing that, can we now say she tried to intentionally abort her baby"? That being said, her willingness to attack her baby, was meant to do 1 thing, and thats abort (destroy, terminate, bring to an end, kill essentially) her baby. Her attempt to harm the baby, was not involuntary (like a miscarriage is, for the most part). So if she tried to kill the baby, as stated before, why is it not attempted murder? If your argument is, that the baby is inside of her, thats about as stupid an argument as any human being can make. She should be charged with attempted murder

    and let me point one other thing out, if this were a man who beat her until she lost the baby….HE WOULD BE CHARGED WITH MURDER, or attempted murder if the baby survived but nearly died. In this case, it doesnt matter that "shes carrying the baby in her", its not her choice to KILL IT, if its not causing her (or her babys) life to be in peril. Attempted murder should be on the table, it should be a no brainier.

  15. If she was willing to perform a dangerous self-abortion on herself (with a coat hanger mind you!); she might as well have given birth and given the baby up for adoption. She is not obligated to take care of the baby if she does not want to (which she clearly did not or is capable of doing so).

  16. Hid you don't want a baby don't have sex I hate it when people get scared that they are pregnant they wouldn't have to worry or be scared if the didn't have sex until they were ready people are so dumb I'm 14 and I know better

  17. u care more about yourself then the baby u created and the person u created the baby with. people are sick and have no self control. its one thing to make mistakes in life but having a baby unless your being rapped and getting abortion is sick. and it is murder. and should be a crime. even if a girl was rapped i think she should still have the child. every child is innocent and precious. people that get abortions are not all there. thats what i think. like i mean theres condoms for one. and even birth control. but im not for birth control either unless u pay for it. our country is in debt anyways. and while china is using there money to help and rebuild africa, we help the drug and sex attics. people for got about real responsibilities and what it means to be HUMAN. one day our country will be broke cause china will stop borrowing us money. they will have built africa and will not need us. then u wont have your free abortions when ever and your free birth control.

  18. Adoption. How hard is it? Find a nice couple, ask for them to pay medical bills, and such as you await to give birth. Give them the kid, sign some papers. Done. It's no longer your problem

  19. What a horrible story, I hope she is charged with something, I'm not convinced it should be attempted murder but it definitely needs to be taken very seriously.
    I am against abortion at any stage, but I don't believe that should be illegal before 20 weeks. What I do is share my personal story of being in a situation many would understand if I chose an abortion, I chose instead to continue the pregnancy and despite being abandoned and young I have a wonderful life with my son. I just hope to make other women realise they can be mums even if there is no dad or the dad is shit, they don't have family, and they feel too poor etc… but I don't think it should be illegal before 20 weeks, I don't pretend to know what each woman is going through because of my experience and therefore believe they should have a choice but I personally hope they choose to keep their child alive to term and then adopt out the child or raise him/her themselves.

  20. The medical practitioners have done more damage trying to keep this baby alive. I'd suggest that the only reason why they did is so this woman could be PERsecuted. There is no way that foetus would have survived outside the womb if it had birthed early naturally. These doctors need to be sued!

  21. I'm pro-choice, hate abortion restrictions and agree that it leads to this sort of thing happening. However, she isn't the victim here, the baby is. Twenty-four weeks is 6 months. She can feel that baby kick and react…. her own child- and she took to it, blindly, with a coat hanger- that's surely murder.

  22. At 21 weeks the fetus can feel pain as well as emotions, I can't imagine what this poor poor fetus went through, could you imagine a 21 year old adult going through such torture? I'm a pro-life republican but I have to agree with Anna, I blame Tennessee, now I do blame the mother also but I also feel bad for her cause I can't imagine what was going through her head especially when she started bleeding, she probably thought she punctured something important, now maybe I have too much empathy… I don't know. I'm just starting to think we should probably make more abortion clinics. I feel weird and horrible and really gross saying that but I mean, again, it's not our lives and it's not us going through that, although I do agree with the counselling that the women have to go through, I think a lot of times some women don't think it through and then once they get an abortion they regret it.

  23. Can you imagine how long she was trying to get a legal and SAFE abortion?
    This is why late term abortions are so common. They try to limit first and second trimester abortions.

  24. Normally, I am for the right to abord. But at 24 weeks (!) it is a baby, and it can survive if the doctros know what they are doing. In this case it is murder. If it were only about the lack of a clinick in the ares, she could have done this months ago. She was so far along, why not have the baby and give it up for adoption? She already lived 6 months with the knowledge to have it growing in her. The people around her probably knew; most can’t hide it for that long. Whatever damage she thought that pregnancy could cause, was already done. This wasn’t a fetus that could feel anything. It’s a human beeing able to live, probably without any damage to his health that could cause any pain or suffering. And then she did this. It was coldblooded murder.

  25. 2:36 they cannot survive and they cannot be independent. They need to be fed. This is another example of Cent not thinking things through. He is such a simpleton.

  26. when you defund sex ed and health clinics (ie Planned Parenthood) you get unwanted pregnancies and terrible situations like this.

  27. I think 9 month abortions should be legal. Hell I think you should be able to abort the day before you go into labor. Lets be honest is the woman's body.

  28. Hmm. Maybe just maybe, if abortions were legal things like this wouldn't be happening. Hmmm I wonder if tha would make a difference. Hmmm.

  29. This woman was 6 months pregnant. It doesn't matter if you're pro life or pro choice, what she did was attempted murder. My heart is with the child and I pray that the child can make it, but even if the child does, it will be permanently disabled for the rest of its life. So sad.

  30. She's the one who decided to get pregnant. Why don't people think about that? I feel bad for the infant, not her because she was being foolish.

  31. Why not just give the kid up for adoption, instead of causing all this damage? That would've been reasonable. She clearly wasn't thinking.

  32. Yep, let's just keep de-funding Planned Parenthood, where the poor people go to get birth control & gynecological care. I think that the people in office that restrict a woman's right to choose should be the ones getting prosecuted!

  33. I am pro life, but I feel it is the womans choice to do what is best for her.
    This is a perfect example of why you cannot stop abortion, but it should be reformed. 24 weeks is absolutely plenty of time to have decided to keep the baby or kill the baby. Not to be rude, but that is what this is,trying to kill a baby. Resources or not she & her boyfriend could of taken care of this prior to this act. they failed to. There option at this point would be to give it up for adoption, but due to this unthinkable event, now the state will probably have to & now we have a permanent physically disabled child that unfortunately no one will want. this is worth crying over :'(

  34. Hold up please. Cenk and Anna– I don't like what she did and she went against the law, BUT what you're saying is a bit incorrect, too. Cenk, you said the baby was a "independent lifeform and can survive outside the womb" NO, what is happening is that science is progressing to a point where a micro preemie can be KEPT ALIVE WITH ARTIFICIAL WOMB LIFE TECHNOLOGY" A 21 week or less fetus has a 0% chance of survival. 22 week-0-10% chance but most have sever disabilities. 23 weeks -10-35% chance and 24 weeks 40-70%. Now, again, that is WITH OUTSIDE INTERVENTION. This is a time in history when medical and other advances are moving quickly and changing the face of medicine and other important areas. What happens to women when medical technology claims that, using X technology, they can remove a 12 week fetus and keep it alive? It is not unthinkable if you look at medicine a 100 years ago and how far we have come.

    Look at the stats: "half the babies born at 24 weeks( 4 months early) survive ion high -income countries, but in low income setting, half the babies born at 32 weeks (2 months early) continue to die due to lack of feasible, cost-effective care, such as warmth, breast feeding support, and basic care for infections and breathing difficulties." Now, "there is a dramatic survival gap for premature babies, depending on where they are born. For example, over 90% of extremely premature babies (<28 weeks) born in low income countries die within the 1st few days of life; yes less than 10% of babies of this gestation age range die in high -income settings…a 10:90 survival gap." (see the Born Too Soon Global Action Report On Preterm Birth) This gores on to discuss how a MILLION (already born preemie) infants could be saved around the world every year and the cost would not be prohibitive for lower economic countries. I would think we would have heard something about this from "Pro-Life" folks?

    Anna, no 20 week old fetus can survive with the state of our technology as it is now. I am only stating a fact so please do check that out. Even those that survive at 23-24 weeks, they do so only with technology and medicine, support, etc. Many have serious issues like blindness, hearing loss, breathing issues down the line and learning disabilities. I am looking forward to science helping those babies survive more intact and able to have a better and more independent life free of those issues. For some reason, Youtube is not taking my links so please look up Chances for survival Spensers hope. .

    "Viable outside the womb" and "independent lifeforms" may need a bit more of an explanation guys because it does sound incorrect in how you both used that. The terminology seems to be very important in this issue and so many people are inerudite of abortion, birth control, women's bodies, and this entire topic in general. Thanks you both for your reporting and I hope you don't take this in the wrong manner. Peace out.

  35. There was a story of a couple that aborted at 8 months because the baby had tons of medical issues including nonstop seizures in the womb. Doctors said the baby would constantly suffer and likely die after a few days.

  36. Damn Family Guy did a skit on this called the Mexican abortion. Can't believe this actually happened, only dumb white hicks in Tennessee attempt to self-abort using a coat hangar

  37. it is NOT A CLUMP OF CELLS! come on ppl! it is a baby….heart beats at 21 DAYS! DAYS NOT WEEKS AND A FETUS IS AKA BABY

  38. Prochoice but there absolutely should be a cut off at 24 weeks. Sad as this story is she should be punished.

  39. I believe that serial killers should be allowed to take their victims to murder clinics and have their brains sucked out. I mean, imagine they had to resort to back alley murders, murdering people in an unsafe way say like with a knife. What if the victim fights back? We don't want the serial killers health to be at risk. No, it's best that they have a legal safe way to murder with professional help.

  40. why didn't the bitch use birth control this is the most retarted bitch on earth Ir you didn't want a child why did you have unprotected sex

  41. hey dumbasses she was 30 mins from the nearest planned parenthood.  not only did she try to self abort this was after the legal limit for abortion in tn which is 22 weeks.  stop whining oh she didn't have access to abortion so its the states fault not hers.  she had access to abortion up to 16 weeks in her city in fact.   also the absitience only sex education is in rural communities in cities they teach normal heterosexual sex ed but they don't let planned parenthood come in and teach it of course.   theres not just 2 abortion clinics in tn.  theres 2 planned parenthood clinics in tn.  one in Nashville and one in Knoxville.  theres a 3rd planned parenthood but it doesn't do abortions.  we have access to women's healthcare here as well without planned parenthood minus  abortions.  in my city you can get a medical abortion.  this going off a coworker of mine who got an abortion in December.  im against abortion myself and im tired the proabort whiners who blame the southern states for the problems like this.  also I highly doubt teens getting pregnant is that much higher.  up north they probably have a higher rate of getting abortions.

  42. Obviously neither of the two pieces of scum reporting this story have ever seen an ultrasound. It's never just a "clump of cells" from the time there is a heartbeat (around 3weeks after conception).

  43. wow this is sick. if you don't want a child then don't. if you are not smart enough to prevent it then don't have sex. I don't understand what is so complicated, abortions are wrong. If you don't want a child then simply do not get pregnant, which you are absolutely in control of and if you disagree then please let me know.

  44. It is tragic how most of the comments say this is f**d up because she couldn't get a legal abortion and if she could have gotten one, everything would just be fine… Well, except that injured baby would have been cut into small pieces and put into a jar with a solution to be send to a lab and than thrown into trash. How exactly a legal a abortion would have been better for that poor child? You got to be a complete hypocrite to say that it is better for a child to die than be born into unloving of financially poor home. That is such a boolshit. Are you all living such a dream lives that you deserved to be born contrary to these poor kids? Have you always had everything that you needed and wanted and your childhood was perfect? If not, which is the case for MOST of us, would you rather be dead? Never given a chance to live and make something out of yourselves? abortion is evil, and anyone who knowingly justifies the killing of a human child in their mothers womb is equally evil. It all comes down to 1 simple truth, would you have it done to your precious self? Imagine growing in your mother's womb, ignorant of everything bad, listening to voicies of the outside world, totally incapable to defend yourself or speak for yourself, having an entire life to live ahead of you, to love and be loved, and suddenly your leg is cut off, and then your hand, then your scull is crashed…and it's OVER, because your mom thought she could not afford you, or your dad left her and broke her heart, or because you were a boy or a girl, or your parents just didn't feel like they wanted you… This is what's f***d up with our society, not the coat hanger.

  45. That's her fault. Abortion should be illegal. This proves that abortion is murder. I hope she gets what she deserves which is jail time.

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