A Tennessee woman only ended up spending a little over a year in prison after performing her own do-it-yourself abortion on her 24 week gestation baby. A Tennessee woman jailed for more than a year after trying to use a coat hanger to abort her 24-week-old fetus pleaded guilty on Monday to one felony count in exchange for her immediate release from jail. The woman, Anna Yocca, 32, sought medical care at a hospital after attempting the at-home abortion in September 2015, according to National Advocates for Pregnant Women, an advocacy group that helped with her defense. She was later arrested and was initially charged with attempted murder. Under an agreement reached with prosecutors, she pleaded guilty this week to attempted procurement of a miscarriage and was given credit for time served. Her case has alarmed abortion-rights advocates. Woman Accused of Coat-Hanger Abortion Pleads Guilty to Felony - The New York Times (nytimes.com) (January 2017) This woman killing her 24 week baby. Do you have any idea how far along the unborn baby is at 24 weeks? A few of these little ones have even ended up surviving after coming out at 24 weeks. So why didn't this woman spend longer in prison? Because 24 weeks is so close to the cusp. Roe versus Wade disingenuously set a viability standard, where according to that court precedent (or at least the most straightforward interpretation), the woman gets the right to abort if the fetus would not be able to survive at that point if taken away from the womb. It wouldn't be very legally consistent if a woman was punished for committing a homicide at 24 weeks, but absolutely no punishment at 23 weeks. Four months after this woman was released from jail, the state passed a 20-week abortion limit into law. (Before that, the state had a special law that would automatically adjust the limit to as low as a federal court would allow, so it was a little bit unclear where exactly the limit was, although it was generally recognized at that time that a state could set the limit at 23 weeks) The newer 20-week ban is enforceable.