A once esteemed Houston, Texas attorney could go to jail for up to 10 years after his pregnant wife accused him of repeatedly spiking her drinks with an abortion drug in an attempt to abort their unborn baby.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports a grand jury recently indicted Mason Herring, 38, a founder and managing partner of the Herring Law Firm in Houston, for alleged assault to force an abortion and assault of a pregnant person. He could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, if convicted.
The baby survived, and although born prematurely, his wife said the child now is doing well.
The case adds to pro-life advocates’ growing alarm about a rise in forced and coerced abortions, especially after the Biden administration began allowing abortion drugs to be sold through the mail without even a visit to a doctor’s office.
Where Herring allegedly obtained the abortion drug is not mentioned in news reports, but abortion drugs have become increasingly easy to buy over the internet.
According to ABC 13, Herring and his wife were living separately in February and going to marriage counseling when he learned that his wife was pregnant. The couple also has older children.
“My understanding is that it wasn’t well-received by (Herring),” Assistant District Attorney Anthony Osso said. “That came out through marriage counseling, as well as through text messages later on.”
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On March 17, Osso said Herring stopped at the house to bring his family breakfast and brought a cup of water to his wife in bed. He said Herring repeatedly talked to his wife about “needing to stay hydrated,” and insisted on staying until she drank the water.
“She thought it was odd. She thought the water was cloudy. She questioned him a little bit, but, nonetheless, did drink the water, and then he leaves and takes that cup,” Osso said.
According to the Star Telegram, authorities said the wife began to feel very sick about half an hour later and began to bleed. She went to the hospital emergency room for treatment and continued to bleed through the evening, they said.
During the next several weeks, she told authorities that her husband continued to bring her drinks, but she did not drink them. The wife said she noticed an unusual substance in several of them and kept the liquid as evidence, fearing he may be trying to poison her.
On April 24, authorities said the wife found a package for the abortion drug misoprostol in the garbage that her husband had taken outside. She said it was unusual for him to take out the garbage, so she decided to check the bag after he left.
Two days later, on April 26, she said a security camera that she had placed in the kitchen showed Herring mixing a powder into a glass of liquid that he later took to her, according to the report. Authorities said she contacted police later that day, and Herring was arrested.
Lab tests of the drinks show the abortion drug misoprostol in at least two of six samples, according to authorities.
“It’s manipulative,” Osso said in a statement. “It’s pre-meditated. What we are alleging Mr. Herring did, which we believe the evidence supports, is a pretty heinous act. To do that to someone who trusts you, it’s taking advantage of that trust.”
Herring’s next court date is Dec. 2.
Pro-life advocates and even some abortion workers have expressed alarm about new mail-order abortion businesses and the already too prevalent problem of forced and coerced abortions.
Mothers frequently are forced or coerced to abort their unborn babies, and sometimes their decisions to protect their babies’ lives lead to more abuse. A 2022 BBC survey found 15 percent of women of childbearing age in the United Kingdom felt pressured to have abortions that they did not want.
Often the pressure comes from an intimate partner. Another new study from Lifeway Research found that 42 percent of men whose partners had abortions said they either “strongly urged” or “suggested” that she have an abortion. In 2009, research by the Elliot Institute found 64 percent of post-abortive women said they felt pressured to have an abortion, often from a spouse or partner.
A 2014 study found that forced abortions are common among sex trafficking victims. In “The Health Consequences of Sex Trafficking and Their Implications for Identifying Victims in Healthcare Facilities,” researchers found that 55 percent of sex trafficking victims had at least one abortion, with more than half saying they were forced to abort one or more unborn babies.
Studies also have found high rates of violent abuse among women seeking abortions and pregnant women. Homicide is one of the top causes of death among pregnant women, according to a 2021 study in the journal “Obstetrics & Gynecology.” Often, abuse also is connected to a mother’s refusal to abort her unborn child.
LifeNews has been keeping track of reports of forced and coerced abortions as well as abuse when women refuse to abort their unborn babies. They include:
Michigan – Detroit Man Accused of Making Threats, Demanding Pregnant Partner Have an Abortion (Click on Detroit News 4)
Ohio – Doctor Pleads Guilty after Attempting to Murder Unborn Son after Wife Refused an Abortion (Canton Repository)
Minnesota – Man Charged for Allegedly Kicking Pregnant Woman in Stomach after She Refused an Abortion (Star Tribune)