A Georgia woman who allegedly took an abortion pill she purchased off the internet to abort a five-and-a-half-month-old baby boy has been charged in the child’s death and abortion advocates have come to her defense.
According to reports published by a local media outlet, police say that 23-year-old Kenlissa Jones purchased Cytotec, from a source in Canada.
The drug, also known as Misoprostol, is promoted by abortion advocates in home abortion remedies online.
Reports indicate that Jones got a neighbor to take her to the hospital, but she delivered the baby boy in the car on the way.
Dougherty County police say that Jones’ baby boy died after about half an hour at the hospital and have now charged Jones with malice murder and possession of a dangerous drug. Jones’ brother, Rico Riggins, told WALB that he did not know his sister was pregnant.
“Once she took those pills, from the way I’m understanding it, she was in a world of hurt for a while,” Riggins said.
Riggins said his family is grieving and in need of prayers.
“We lost what would have been a nephew for me. And everything. And then my sister,” Jones’ brother said.
Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said the case will likely go before a grand jury, because Georgia and federal laws will need to be explored.
According to Georgia law:
No abortion is authorized or shall be performed if the probable gestational age of the unborn child has been determined in accordance with Code Section 31-9B-2 to be 20 weeks or more unless the pregnancy is diagnosed as medically futile, as such term is defined in Code Section 31-9B-1, or in reasonable medical judgment the abortion is necessary to avert the death of the pregnant woman or avert serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman. O.C.G.A. § 16-12-141 (2014)
This is not the first time a woman has been charged after ordering and consuming drugs to self-induce an abortion.
Earlier this year a 33-year-old Indiana woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison on feticide and neglect charges after she took abortion pills she had ordered to abort her roughly thirty (30) week pregnancy.
The woman, Purvi Patel then threw the almost fully developed baby into a dumpster behind a restaurant her family owns where the infant died.
Abortion advocates wasted no time coming to Purvi’s defense. (read here.)
Life Dynamics president, Mark Crutcher called Patel’s defenders, savages, saying that abortion advocates never met a baby they didn’t want to kill.
Crutcher pointed out that had Patel’s baby been found in the dumpster of an abortion clinic, no charges would have been filed,
“The fact is, if the body of this child had been found in the dumpster of an abortion clinic instead of the dumpster of a restaurant this arrest would have never happened and Patel would just be another enlightened woman exercising her constitutional right to choose,”
he stated at the time of Patel’s arrest.
Now, abortion advocates are rushing to the aid of Kenlissa.
On twitter they have set up the twitter hashtag #justiceforKenlissa to defend Kenlissa’ actions.
No page has been established to grieve her dead son, though.
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