Idaho Woman Charged For “Unlawful Abortion,” Turned In By Anti-Choice Advocate

Unable to afford the doctors visits and medical bills associated with an actual medical abortion, Jennie L. McCormack of Idaho instead had her sister purchase drugs online to ingest in order to cause a miscarriage.  McCormack, who is the mother of three, is now being charged with “unlawful abortion” according to the Associated Press.

If McCormack is found guilty, she could be subject to a $5,000 penalty as well as up to five years in prison.

McCormack’s case is a sign of the true desperation of women in this country.  She said she believed she was only 14 weeks along, although the examination of the remains concluded it was more likely 20-25.  She is already a mother of more than one child, one still a toddler.  But financially she was cut off from any choice she wanted to make about how many people she wanted in her family, unable to procure an abortion she couldn’t afford and now facing criminal penalties for taking the only option left to her.

According to the report, McCormack was turned into the police by the sister of one of her friends, a woman who stated “There’s other things she could have done. She could have asked for some type of help.”

But it’s obvious that the only “help” that was acceptable in this situation, according to the tipster, was to have the baby, and that the woman who contacted the police did it solely to punish McCormack.  “I’m a grandmother myself. And the love and the compassion I have for my grandkids? They’re my life. And I felt that if somebody didn’t speak up for this baby, who would? It doesn’t have a voice anymore,” Carnahan said.

Idaho has recently passed a 20 week abortion ban, making any abortion after that point a criminal activity.  How many more women will take it into their own hands to try and self-abort due to the lack of ability to obtain a doctor who can perform the procedure safely?  And how many women are conservatives willing to throw a friend in jail for the crime of not wanting to add another mouth to feed to their families?

Ask the Idaho courts to drop charges against Jennie McCormack by clicking here.


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Unclesmrgol D.
Unclesmrgol D.7 years ago

She had the sex, and a child died for it.

Erth G.
Erth G.7 years ago


There are choices if you dont want the child even if you are poor....its like 400-500$ for an abortion. Borrow the money or tell the deadbeat dad to pay for it and tell him or else he pay for child support for the rest of his life.

Erth G.
Erth G.7 years ago

Doesn't matter if she thought she with child earlier...that child was already older then some babies that had to be prematurely ejected from womb and lived.

She took it upon herself as judge jury and executionary and if you commit a doesnt matter how it was done you still go to jail or trial for it.

Matilda H.
Past Member 7 years ago


Deb P.
Deborah P7 years ago

She already had 3 kids with an income of less than $250/month. Are these pro-lifers willing to take care of these children? No. They want to gut any/all social programs that are helping the poor and indigent.

Elisa L.
Elizabeth L7 years ago

What happened to the womans children while she was dealing with the police and courts? Could it be they were taken in by the woman who tunred their mom in? Or was she too busy speaking for the baby who wasn't even born to bother with such details?

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin7 years ago

Pro-choice IS pro-life since it can save a woman's life. So called pro-lifers are against life. They rather see a woman die, painfully and instead save a fetus, an embryo.
They are fascists because they want to force a woman to carry to full term so others have domestic children to adopt.
They rather see women chained to the stove and be live incubators for future soldiers, workers and another generation of incubators!

I have several female friends that were forced to carry to term and then put their children up for adoption. A majority of these women were raped and couldn't afford an abortion!
I do not want to see that happen one more time!!!

It's time to stop those backwards politicians that want to drag the whole world back to the days when a woman was owned by her father and then her husband!

Mildred D.
Mildred D7 years ago

I believe all most of the so called 'anti choice/anti abortion' supporters are either psychopaths or sociopaths (hard to find the exact difference between these two).

This is what I copied from a website '' and as far as I can decide, it comes as close as possible.

"Sociopath personality can become a serious threat to the society because they have a violent streak and can harm the social beings or social property out of hatred. A sociopath is also termed as an antisocial personality. The sociopath behavior starts developing in the teenage and if proper measures are not taken then it might result in grave consequences. A sociopath usually hates the system and tries to rebel the system in schools, house and society. Aggression, anger and hatred are the most common symptoms of this disorder."

Sadly enough, in my opinion this covers a lot of people who recently have been and still are in the news.

Gayle R.
Gayle R7 years ago

As I see it, the problem with people who advocate for
anti-choice/anti-healthcare, etc., have no empathy till they experience
something catastrophic themselves. By then it's often too late. It's
more than sad that some people can't imagine what others go through and
why they do the things they feel they must do.

I just don't get the my-way-is-the-only-right-way clone mentality. I
pity those who don't realize we all have to live our lives our own way,
make our own mistakes and find our own happiness. They seem to live in
a black and white fantasy world. I guess it's fear. Fear of the
unknown, fear they won't measure up, fear something will shake what they
believe is their secure little cocoon. Who knows.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle7 years ago

This is one of the saddest articles. This woman, driven by desperation, buys drugs to help her abort, and because she is mistaken about the age of the fetus, she will be charged for a crime. She has been through too much as it is, and needs compassion, not prosecution. Very sad.