A man in Texas is charged with slipping misoprostol into drinks he allegedly served to his pregnant wife. Mason Herring, 38, was charged with two counts of assaulting a pregnant person.
Herring’s wife alleges he started lecturing her in March on the importance of hydration during pregnancy and offered her glasses of water. After drinking from one of the glasses, she noticed that the water was cloudy. Herring told him the cloudiness could be from dirty pipes. She started having cramps half an hour later and ended up having severe bleeding, which led to an emergency room visit. After experiencing these symptoms, she began to believe that her drink had been altered by an abortion-inducing drug.
She also knew something was wrong because he had started taking out the trash, which was “irrelevant to the defendant because he doesn’t do chores around the house.” And then…
His wife invited two people to potentially witness any of his suspicious behavior. During this scheduled visit, Herring attempted to give him a drink, which his wife and the two people noticed had “an unknown substance” inside. The following week, Herring’s wife saw him slip the contents of a small plastic bag into a drink which he then gave her. She also inspected the trash he had taken out and saw open packets of Cyrux, which contains misoprostol, an ingredient known to cause abortions. She showed law enforcement videos of both cases, according to the affidavit.
An exemplary reminder that this is generally a matter of female control: the number one cause of death in pregnant and post-natal women is being murdered by intimate partners.
The fetus was fine and is now a premature but healthy baby.