A Georgia prosecutor has dropped the murder charges against a woman who induced her own abortion.
23-year-old Kenlissia Jones was arrested on Saturday at the hospital where she sought help after taking four Cytotec pills she ordered online to terminate her pregnancy. Kenlissia wanted to end her pregnancy after breaking up with her boyfriend. Cytotec is a brand name for misoprostol, a prescription drug used in combination with mifepristone to induce non-surgical abortions.
According to the social worker who alerted the police, Jones went into labor and delivered the fetus in the car on the way to the hospital. The baby did not survive. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, Kenlissia is believed to be 5 1/2 months pregnant.
Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards issued a statement saying he had dismissed a malice murder charge against Jones, who spent three days in jail before her release. Edwards said she will still face a misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous drug.
Georgia has prohibited the prosecution of women for feticide or for performing illegal abortions on themselves. Wow.
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