Woman Charged With Murder After She Tried to Kill Her Unborn Baby With a Coat Hanger

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 14, 2015   |   11:30AM   |   Washington, DC

A tragic case involving a Tennessee woman who allegedly attempted an at-home, late-term abortion to kill her unborn son is drawing national attention this week.

Anna Yocca, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was 24-weeks pregnant with her son when she allegedly filled a bathtub with water, untwisted a wire coat hanger and stuck it into her womb in an attempt to kill him in a late-term abortion, according to the Washington Post.

Her son survived, but the coat hanger damaged his lungs, eyes and heart, according to news report. Doctors expect the boy will have to use an oxygen tank for the rest of his life, the report states.

Yocca, 31, was arrested Wednesday after a months-long grand jury investigation. She is charged with attempted first-degree murder and jailed on a $200,000 bond. She is scheduled to be in court on Dec. 21.

“The whole time [Yocca] was concerned for her health, her safety, and never gave any attention to the health and safety to the unborn child,” Sergeant Kyle Evans, a spokesman for the Murfreesboro, Tennessee police, told local CBS affiliate WTVF. “Those injuries will affect this child for the rest of his life, all caused at the hands of his own mother.”

Yocca attempted to abort her unborn son in September. Sitting in the bathtub, Yocca saw blood in the water after she stabbed the wire into her womb, according to the reports. Worried for her safety, she called her boyfriend, who took her to the hospital, the reports state.

In the hospital, Yocca still spoke about wanting to abort her baby, nurses and doctors who treated her told the TV station.



Later, Yocca was transferred to a bigger hospital in Nashville where she gave birth to her son, who weighed 1.5 pounds, according to reports.

A similar case occurred last year when Purvi Patel was arrested after she took abortion pills to take the life of her viable unborn baby. Patel later admitted to police that, after taking the baby’s life, she had placed the newborn in a dumpster behind a local restaurant, which her family owns. The infant was dead at the time the baby was found.

In March, Patel was convicted of her crime and sentenced to 40 years in prison for the crime and will serve 20. She is appealing the conviction.

Abortion advocates have been quick to come to the defense of women like Patel and Yocca, claiming that abortion restrictions cause women to resort to dangerous self-abortion attempts or back alley abortions to kill their unborn babies.

But the U.S. has some of the most unrestricted abortion laws in the world. And after more than four decades of legalized abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy, so-called “back alley” abortionists practice out in the open, injuring and killing women and their unborn babies; and women still attempt to kill their unborn babies themselves.

The infamous U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade did nothing to stop these tragedies, which were infrequent prior to 1973. One abortion advocate-turned pro-lifer admitted that the statistics about women dying from illegal abortions prior to Roe were made up.

Roe increased injuries and deaths from abortion by making it legal. As a result, more than 56 million babies and more than 347 women have died in the past 42 years.