A Georgia woman faces a murder charge after the death of her five-and-a-half-month-old fetus she delivered in an abortion attempt.
Kenlissa Jones, 23, took an abortion pill that she purchased on the internet, and delivered her five-and-a-half-month-old fetus while inside a car.
“At that point we didn’t even know she was pregnant,” said her brother Rico Riggins. “And so my first real reaction was like, why she keeping it away from us.”
“Once she took those pills, from the way I’m understanding it, she was in a world of hurt for a while,” Riggins said.
Jones was driven to the hospital by a neighbor, and delivered the baby on the way. The baby survived for 30 minutes after delivery.
“We lost what would have been a nephew for me. And everything. And then my sister,” said Riggins.
“We’re coping the best we can. We’re hoping we get a lot of prayers,” said Riggins. “I don’t want anyone to be mad or upset with my family. At the end of the day they are doing the best we can.”
Jones was placed in the Dougherty County Jail without bond. She has another son who is just under two years old.
Riggins and his wife have been granted guardianship of the boy while his mother’s legal standings are decided.
Georgia law states that no abortions are authorized after the first trimester unless it is performed in a licensed hospital, in a licensed ambulatory surgical center, or in a health facility licensed as an abortion facility by the Department of Community Health.
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)