DA drops self-abortion case vs. NYC woman

NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors are dropping a case against a New
York City woman arrested on a rare self-abortion charge after her
fetus was found among trash.
The Manhattan district attorney's office said Tuesday it's
declining to prosecute 20-year-old Yaribely Almonte but continuing
to investigate. Prosecutors wouldn't elaborate.
Almonte was arrested in November. The misdemeanor charge
concerns a woman forcibly causing a miscarriage when more than six
months pregnant.
Authorities previously said they were exploring whether Almonte
drank an herbal concoction billed as an abortion-causing tea.
The case was dropped before Almonte was to be arraigned. It's
unclear whether she has a lawyer. No phone number could be found
for her.
The state Criminal Justice Services Division says before
Almonte's arrest, only four people statewide had been charged with
self-abortion since 1980.


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