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Murder Charge Dropped Against Kenlissia Jones, Woman Who Induced Abortion

She was arrested and jailed Saturday on charges of malice murder and possession of a dangerous drug.
Murder charges against Kenlissia Jones of Albany, Georgia, have been dropped.
Murder charges against Kenlissia Jones of Albany, Georgia, have been dropped.Dougherty County Jail via WALB
/ Source: Associated Press

A Georgia prosecutor says he has dismissed murder charges against a 23-year-old woman accused of inducing an abortion by taking pills.

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said in statement Wednesday that Kenlissia Jones of Albany has been released from jail. But she still faces a misdemeanor charge of dangerous drug possession. The prosecutor said "Georgia law presently does not permit prosecution of Ms. Jones for any alleged acts related to the end of her pregnancy."

Murder charges against Kenlissia Jones of Albany, Georgia, have been dropped.
Murder charges against Kenlissia Jones of Albany, Georgia, have been dropped.Dougherty County Jail via WALB

A police report says Jones took four pills to terminate her pregnancy after breaking up with her boyfriend. She was arrested Saturday.

Abortion-rights advocates and opponents alike were stunned by the murder charge. Georgia has prohibited the prosecution of women for feticide or for performing illegal abortions in cases involving their own pregnancies.