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Monday, October 05, 2015

Ind. Courts - More on "Purvi Patel appeals controversial trial court conviction for feticide, child neglect"

Updating this ILB post from earlier this morning, here is an article that appears in VICE Magazine's October Prison Issue. Reported by Kristen Gwynne, the story is headed "How Personhood Laws Can Land Women in Court for Crimes Against Their Own Fetuses." From the start of the long story:

This March, Patel became the first US woman charged, convicted, and sentenced—to 20 years in prison—for "feticide" related to her own abortion attempt.

Her case immediately became a rallying cry among pro-choice advocates who point out that pro-lifers have long maintained that the criminalization of abortion would target only shady providers, not the women seeking them.

Patel's case may be an anomaly, but it reflects a nationwide climate in which the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling that fetuses are not separate people with separate rights is routinely challenged. Restrictions to abortion have spiked in recent years.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 5, 2015 10:04 AM
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