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:

England – Husband Sets Pregnant Wife on Fire Because She Refused to Get Abortion

Virginia – Pregnant Woman Killed Because She Refused to Have Abortion, Navy Lt. Charged

Michigan – Detroit Man Accused of Making Threats, Demanding Pregnant Partner Have an Abortion (Click on Detroit News 4)

Illinois – Man Accused of Killing Pregnant Ex-Girlfriend and Her Unborn Baby Faces 2 Murder Charges

England – Woman Faked Being Pregnant, Bought Abortion Pills to Trick Lover’s Pregnant Girlfriend into Aborting Unborn Baby

England – Man Accused of Lacing His Lover’s Drink With Abortion Pill to Kill Their Baby and Hide His Affair

Georgia – When His Girlfriend Told Him It Was Too Late for an Abortion, He Punched Her in the Stomach to Kill Her Baby

Scotland – When She Refused Abortion, Her Boyfriend Threatened to Kill Their Unborn Baby With a Coat Hanger

India – Doctors, Family Members Forced Woman to Have Abortion, Killed Her 5-Month-Old Unborn Baby

Washington, D.C. – Washington D.C. Assistant Police Chief Was Told to Kill Her Baby in an Abortion or be Fired

Kentucky – Man Charged with Murdering His Pregnant Wife and Injuring Her Unborn Baby

England – Nurse Fired, Jailed for Helping Man Force Girlfriend to Abort Unborn Baby with Abortion Pills

Ohio – Doctor Pleads Guilty after Attempting to Murder Unborn Son after Wife Refused an Abortion (Canton Repository)

New York – Woman Says R. Kelly Forced Her to Get an Abortion Against Her Will

Brazil – Pregnant Woman Set on Fire, Killed After She Refused Boyfriend’s Demand to Get Abortion

Michigan – Man Convicted of Assaulting His Pregnant Girlfriend, Trying to Abort Her Baby

India – 15-Year-Old Girl Brutally Raped and Then Forced to Have Abortion

Canada – Man accused of killing toddler tried to force abortion on mother, court records show (CBC)

Minnesota – Man Charged for Allegedly Kicking Pregnant Woman in Stomach after She Refused an Abortion (Star Tribune)

Michigan – Man Charged With Raping Teen, Choking Her Until She Blacked Out Because She Refused Abortion

India – Parents Force Their Daughter to Have an Abortion Because Her Husband Was From the Wrong Caste

India – Abortion Pills Kill Woman 5 Months Pregnant After Partner Forced Her to Take Them

Brazil – Man Kills His Girlfriend’s Unborn Baby By Putting Abortion Pills in Her Vagina During Sex

Pakistan – 14-Year-Old Girl Dies After Rapist Allegedly Forced Her to Have Abortion

Tennessee – Man Kills His Pregnant Girlfriend and Her Baby After She Refuses to Have Abortion

England – Man Threatens to Slit His Baby’s Throat if His Ex-Girlfriend Didn’t Have Abortion

England – Husband Orders His Wife to Kill Their Unborn Baby in an Abortion

India – Police: Former Officer Rapes Teen Girl, Then Forces Her to Kill Her Baby in an Abortion

Florida – Jeffrey Epstein Rape Victim Says She Was Pressured to Have Abortion

California – U.S. Swim Coach Accused of Sexual Abuse, Pressuring Girl into Abortion

Pennsylvania – Man Allegedly Used Abortion Pills to Hide Sexual Abuse of Daughter and Stepdaughter When They Got Pregnant

India – Woman’s Parents Allegedly Strangle Her to Death After She Refuses to Kill Her Baby in an Abortion

Philippines – Police Officer Charged with Raping Intern, Forcing Her to Abort Her Unborn Child

Uganda – Man Stabs 18 Year-Old Girlfriend to Death After She Refuses to Have Abortion

India – Teacher Rapes 13-Year-Old Student, Then Forces Her to Have Abortion

England – Pastor Raped Multiple Women and Children From His Congregation, Forced Them to Have Abortions

Wales – Man Accused of Brutally Strangling His Pregnant Girlfriend, Demanding She Get an Abortion

Texas – Man Jailed for Life After Killing His Pregnant Girlfriend Because She Wouldn’t Abort Their Baby

California – Man Reportedly Forced His Girlfriend at Gunpoint at Take Drugs to Kill Her Baby in Abortion

Wisconsin – Man Allegedly Slipped Abortion Drugs into Pregnant Girlfriend’s Drink

England – Man Allegedly Tries to Force Girlfriend to Abort Their Disabled Baby: “It Would be Cruel to Have a Baby Like That”

Indiana – Teen Kills Pregnant Girlfriend After She Waited Too Long to Get Abortion: “I Took Action, I Took Her Life”

Tennessee – Man Kills Girlfriend and 4-Month Old Baby, She Refused to Abort So He Could Escape Child Support

New York – Attacker Kills Woman 5 Months Pregnant, New York’s New Abortion Law Says Her Baby Isn’t a Human Being

Utah – Man Reportedly Killed His Pregnant Ex-Girlfriend Because She Refused to Have Abortion

Virginia – Doctor Convicted of Spiking Pregnant Girlfriend’s Drink with Abortion Drugs

Hawaii – Man Stabs His Girlfriend More Than Two Dozen Times Because She Refused an Abortion

California – Man Hired Hitman to Kill His Girlfriend and Unborn Son Because She Refused Abortion

Florida – Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Tricking Pregnant Girlfriend into Taking Abortion Drugs

Norway – Man Convicted of Killing Unborn Baby after Slipping Abortion Drugs into Girlfriend’s Drink

Indiana – Man Charged with Attempted Feticide for Allegedly Spiking Girlfriend’s Drink with Abortion Herbs

New York – Man Convicted of Attempted Murder after Secretly Giving Girlfriend Abortion Drugs

Pennsylvania – Abortion Doc Allegedly Tried to Force His Girlfriend to Abort Their Baby, Then Beat Her When She Refused

Colorado – Man Uses a Skewer to Force His Girlfriend to Abort After She Refuses Demand to Have an Abortion

Indiana – Man Tries to Force Pregnant Girlfriend to Have Abortion By Poisoning Her Drink

England – Man Jailed for Tying Up His Girlfriend, Forcing Abortion Drugs Into Her Vagina

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