A woman is facing jail for giving herself an abortion, and yes, it's in the US
News alert: a woman faces even more jail time for giving herself an abortion. Even worse, this is happening in the US.
Anna Yocca’s story is one of horror and sounds like something out of a bad TV movie, but it’s not a movie, it’s real life. It’s a real case that is actually happening in the US, which is definitely shocking.
According to reports, the 32-year-old Tennessee woman has already served almost one year in jail for charges of attempted first-degree murder. The charge was eventually reduced to aggravated assault, but the important thing to note is that she didn’t murder anyone or attack anyone but herself — and her fetus.
The initial incident took place back in 2015, but Yocca is back in the news because she is now facing new charges. Three different felony charges, to be exact, including, aggravated assault with a weapon, attempted criminal abortion and attempted procurement of a miscarriage.
Anna Yocca didn’t know she had options for a safe abortion.
One of the real tragedies in this story is that Yocca could have had a safe, legal abortion, but confusing legal standards led her to think otherwise.
While everyone should have a right to do what they want with their own body — or at least that’s what we’re all fighting for — Yocca isn’t the only woman dealing with jail time for having an abortion.
Where this gets even scarier for those seeking an abortion:
In Tennessee there is a concerning new trend of feticide laws — laws initially passed to protect pregnant women from violence — that are a new way to imprison the women they were meant to protect.
The key to Yocca’s case and many women like her is that having an abortion is not illegal, even if she went about it in an unsafe manner. But complex restrictions can lead to confusion, fear, and in this case, unsafe procedures.
The system is clearly not working if women can’t even tell whether their abortion is legal or not. Luckily, you can get involved and fight for reproductive rights for all women here.