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A Texas man who drugged his wife's drinks in an attempt to induce an abortion was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years on probation.

Mason Herring, a 39-year-old Houston attorney, pleaded guilty Wednesday to injury to a child and assault of a pregnant person. He had initially been charged with felony assault to induce abortion.

Catherine Herring, who has filed for divorce, told the court the jail sentence was not long enough. She said their 1-year-old daughter, their third child, was born about 10 weeks premature, has developmental delays and attends therapy eight times a week.

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[-] [email protected] 72 points 2 weeks ago

I came here to comment that this was the first sane abortion-related ruling to come out of Texas in a long time, but after reading the article...

"I do not believe that 180 days is justice for attempting to kill your child seven separate times," Catherine Herring said.

Texas law dictates a civil fine of at least $100,000 and a felony with the potential for life in prison for anyone providing or attempting an abortion. Wild that they're not using that law here. I guess if you're going to get or perform an abortion in Texas, you should get someone to use this method rather than a medically accepted one, because the penalty seems to be far less severe.

[-] girlfreddy 61 points 2 weeks ago

A white lawyer commits a felony 7 times and gets off with 6 months in jail and a fine.

Texas just being Texas I guess.

[-] [email protected] 12 points 2 weeks ago

Because this occurred before that law was passed. You can't prosecute someone for something that wasn't illegal at the time they did it. They did prosecute him for actions that were illegal at the time. Whether the jail time was sufficient is a different argument, but the law dictating $100,000 and life in prison is a new law.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 2 weeks ago

Oh, wow, good call - it was a couple months before. I completely glazed over that.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 2 weeks ago

This was the Husband, he knows what is best for the sandwich maker. Texas agrees that men know best, unless they are doctors or use science in any way.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 2 weeks ago

As long as she was born, that's as far as Ken Paxton gives a shit.

[-] [email protected] 54 points 2 weeks ago

A man drugging his wife with a poisoned drink to induce an abortion is...


...one of the most Christian things I've ever heard!


The one and only time abortion is mentioned in the Bible is a fucking how-to guide, lol.

[-] [email protected] 19 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

This is actually a really fascinating text, historically and theologically. Whether you're religious or not, the society that produced this text--like our society--had an interest in preserving families. It did not want bastards who would be dependent on community resources. So it enlisted the priests to superstition away jealous husbands. Are you just so sure she's a cheating whore? Well have her drink this magic poison, and if she is she'll never have kids! Spooky. If she's not, then nothing happens. And if she's pregnant, you're now game theorying with your worldview: are you about to risk killing your own baby in an effort to kill a bastard? Better tread lightly, sirs!

I suspect (admittedly with no evidence) that this resulted in the intentionally high burden of proof for adultery being honored more consistently, and on a large scale, it probably meant more insecure husbands reared families, more women were not subject to the draconian penalties arising out of their pseudo-property status, and priests could push families to remain stable.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 2 weeks ago

Interesting how many biblical rules are centered on family cohesion in a tribal setting.

Take the superstition out and look at the context and many proscriptions make sense. Shellfish goes bad fast, pork my carry parasites, etc.

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