A Texas grand jury indicted a Houston attorney for allegedly spiked his wife’s drinks with abortion pills to terminate her pregnancy.
Mason Herring, a 38-year-old Houston attorney and founder of the Herring law firm, has been charged with two felonies, including assaulting a pregnant person, which were convicted by a Harris County grand jury earlier this month. Court records show he was originally arrested in May and released on $30,000 bail.
Herring and his wife separated earlier this year but are still working to repair their marriage, according to the assistant district attorney assigned to the case. In February, Herring’s wife informed him that she was pregnant with his child.
“My understanding is that it wasn’t well received [Herring]Anthony Osso, the assistant district attorney in the Domestic Violence Division assigned to the case, said of the pregnancy, according to KTRK. “That came out through marriage counseling and later through text messages.”
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In March, Herring reportedly began telling his wife she needed to stay hydrated and gave her water that reportedly appeared cloudy.
“On the morning of March 17, the defendant Mr. Herring comes to the house to bring breakfast and asks if he can bring her water to bed,” Osso said. “Again, [he] talks to her about the need to stay hydrated. He says, ‘If you don’t do this, I’m not going.’ She found it strange. She thought the water was cloudy. She questioned him a bit but drank the water anyway and then he goes and takes this cup.”
The woman then became seriously ill and sought medical help in a hospital. According to KTRK, doctors could not determine what exactly was wrong with her.
“She stated that she then had suspicions that something was put in her drink and that it may have been some type of abortion drug,” the affidavit reads.
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The wife set up cameras in the house where she lived and refused the water offered by Hering. However, she kept the water he gave her as evidence.
“[On April 24]she checks the garbage cans and finds in the garbage can a drug called Cyrux, which contains misoprostol, a drug used to induce abortions,” Osso said.
Days later, a camera caught him at the house where Herring no longer lived, allegedly pouring a powdered substance into a glass of water. Then he brought his wife’s glass to drink.
According to KTRK, she contacted the police shortly after this incident.
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“It’s manipulative,” Osso said. “It is premeditated. What we accuse Mr. Herring of, which we believe the evidence supports, is a rather heinous act. Trusting someone to do such a thing is to abuse that trust.”
Osso said the woman did not lose the baby despite alleged attempts by Herring to terminate the pregnancy. She gave birth a little early, but the baby is healthy.
He is next due in court on December 12, according to KTRK.
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He is the first person in Harris County, Texas to be charged with inducing an abortion. In 2021, the state passed the Texas Heartbeat Act, which bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.