A woman in Tennessee is facing charges after her attempt to perform an abortion on herself at home failed, leaving her one-and-a-half pound baby with lasting medical conditions. Anna Yocca allegedly attempted an at-home abortion when she was six months pregnant with her son.
According to the Murfreesboro Police report, the 31-year-old woman filled a bathtub with water and attempted to terminate her pregnancy using a coat hanger.
As she began to bleed out, she apparently became alarmed and got her boyfriend to take her to the emergency room for help.
“The whole time she was concerned for her health,” said police Sergeant Kyle Evans. “Her safety and never gave any attention to the health and safety to the unborn child.”
Staff at the hospital indicated to authorities that Yocca made “disturbing” comments to them about wanting to end the pregnancy.
Doctors at the hospital were able to save the child, who was only 24 weeks developed. The child has serious medical conditions as a result of the botched abortion that will impact him for the rest of his life.
Authorities said that the child has damaged lungs, eyes and heart because of the abortion attempt, and he will need extensive medical care going forward.
Yocca was jailed on $200,000 bond.
In the state of Tennessee it is illegal to seek or perform an abortion after the first trimester.