Texas attorney charged for allegedly giving wife pregnancy-ending drug without her knowledge

He allegedly offered her suspicious drinks on five occasions.

Updated: November 17, 2022 - 9:15am

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A Texas attorney has been charged with allegedly attempting to end his wife's pregnancy without her consent by putting drugs into her drinks to induce an abortion.

Mason Herring, 38, was charged earlier this month on two felony charges, assault of a pregnant person and "assault – forced induced to have an abortion," according to The Guardian newspaper.

Herring's wife says he lectured her in March about the importance of staying hydrated while pregnant and offered her a cloudy glass of water. When she asked about the color of the water, he told her it could be from the pipes. 

About half an hour later, she began cramping and bleeding and went to the emergency room, causing her to believe her drinks may have been tainted.

He allegedly offered her suspicious drinks four more times over the next week after she returned from the hospital. The two had a strained relationship after being married for 11 years.

Texas only allows abortions to save a pregnant woman's life.

Herring's next hearing is on Dec. 2, and he is currently out on $30,000 bond.

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