New York – A woman in New York just became the fifth person in 30 years to be charged with self-abortion in that state, after a dead fetus was found in the trash.
Police have charged 20-year-old Yaribely Almonte with self-abortion after a man was sorting recyclables outside a Manhattan building, and discovered a seven-inch long fetus wrapped in a trash bag.
The age of the fetus has not been reported but in New York, abortion is illegal after six months of pregnancy unless it’s performed to save the mother’s life. Almonte rented a room in the building for a short while and allegedly ended her pregnancy by drinking an herbal tea that can cause a miscarriage.
The concoction has become increasingly more common in Mexico and other parts of Latin America in recent years. Abortion rights advocates say this is because because of a lack of insurance or mistrust of the medical system, even.
“It’s been well discussed in the Latino community that there’s an issue about health and safety and the use of medication outside of a doctor’s care for pregnancy termination,” said Elizabeth Toledo, a public relations consultant for abortion rights groups.
After police interviewed Almonte, she was arrested and charged with self-abortion in the first degree, a misdemeanor, and will be back in court in January. Women who have previously been charged with self-abortion had their cases dismissed.Tags: abortion, Crime, New York, tea, Yaribely Almonte