New York DA Drops “Self-Abortion” Charges

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The New York District Attorney is dropping charges against a woman accused of “self-abortion” after a 24-week fetus was found in a dumpster. But that doesn’t mean they won’t continue pursuing the case.

Via the AP:

The Manhattan district attorney’s office said it was declining to prosecute Yaribely Almonte but continuing to investigate. Prosecutors wouldn’t elaborate.

Almonte, 20, was arrested in November on the misdemeanor charge, which concerns a woman forcibly causing a miscarriage when more than six months pregnant. Abortion is illegal after that point in New York, unless the procedure is necessary to save the woman’s life.

The charge is seldom brought and even more rarely results in conviction, state statistics show.

The decision to keep the case open despite lack of evidence makes it clear that the incident is being used primarily to serve as a warning to other women who may attempt to induce their own abortions, as well as keep women who experience late term miscarriage and cannot afford health care in fear.

Cross-posted with permission from RH Reality Check

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Robin Marty is a freelance writer, speaker and activist, and the author of Crow After Roe: How Women's Health Is the New Separate But Equal and How to Change That. Her articles have appeared in Ms. magazine, Politico, Rolling Stone and other publications.