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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Ind. Courts - Another big Indiana story coming up Sunday in NYT Magazine

Emily Bazelon has a feature in the upcoming Sunday NYT Magazine, titled "Purvi Patel Could Be Just the Beginning." Some quotes:

The prosecution of Purvi Patel began in sorrow and ended in more sadness this week. Patel, a 33-year-old woman who lives in Indiana, was accused of feticide — specifically, illegally inducing her own abortion — and accused of having a baby whom she allowed to die. The facts supporting each count are murky, but a jury convicted Patel in February, and on Monday she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. * * *

[P]rosecutions like these are growing more frequent. In Indiana, before Purvi Patel, there was Bei Bei Shuai, a Chinese immigrant who tried to commit suicide while pregnant and was also charged with feticide. The charges against Shuai were dropped in 2013 after she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and spent a year in custody. In Iowa, Christine Taylor faced charges for attempted fetal homicide after falling down the stairs, going to the hospital and being reported for trying to end her pregnancy.

ILB: Here is a long list of ILB entries on the Bei Bei Shuai prosecution.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 2, 2015 09:43 AM
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