A pregnant woman in Alabama was shot in the stomach. She was then charged with manslaughter for having a miscarriage. Why? Alabama’s abortion laws are totally out of control.
Update: The *Ridiculous* Manslaughter Charges Have Been Dropped
Marshae Jones was charged with killing the fetus she was carrying when she got shot in the stomach.
Since the public outrage at how Alabama handled the Marshae Jones case, the manslaughter charges against her have been dropped. In Alabama, a fetus has the same rights as a child who has already been born.
The New York Times reports that District Attorney Lynneice Washington, dismissed charge:
“I have determined that it is not in the best interest of justice to pursue prosecution of Ms. Jones on the manslaughter charge for which she was indicted by the grand jury… No further legal action will be taken against Ms. Jones in this matter.”
Here’s What Happened To Marshae Jones
Marshae Jones was shot in her stomach last year. She was 28-years-old, pregnant and living in Alabama. She survived being shot. But the bullets killed the foetus and Marshae had a miscarriage.
What happened then?
The Alabama police blamed her for starting the argument. They maintained the fight led to her and her unborn child being shot. Marshae was charged with manslaughter for the death of the foetus, by a Jefferson County grand jury. Basically, they argued that it’s her own fault for getting shot and miscarrying.
The county’s police lieutenant said: “The only true victim in this was the unborn baby”. He added: “When a five-month pregnant woman initiates a fight and attacks another person, I believe some responsibility lies with her…she shouldn’t seek out unnecessary physical altercation.”
Her Shooter Walked Free
So Marshae, the woman and mother who got shot (still alive right now) is not considered a victim of gun violence. Instead, she was legally considered culpable for the foetus’s death. What about the person who shot her? The person accused of actually shooting her went free.
Glamour reports that Marshae was shot during a fight with 23-year-old Ebony Jemison. At the time, Marshae was five months pregnant. While her shooter is free, Marshae was kept in jail on a $50,000 bond. For getting shot, guys!
The Alabama Abortion Ban
Women’s reproductive rights in the USA is a hot topic right now. Certain conservative states passed anti-abortion bills whereby a foetus counts as a full person under the law. What does this mean? It means that a pregnant woman can be charged with homicide for ‘causing a miscarriage’. It also means abortion is considered a crime in these places. These states include Alabama and Georgia. Texas is leaning that way too.
The Alabama abortion ban is one of the most hectic bans in the USA. It bans abortions with no exception for women who are victims of rape or incest. It also makes the procedure a felony for doctors. This bill passed a month ago by 25 republican white men (who don’t have uteruses and therefore can’t relate).
Alabama is only one of 38 states with these kinds of fetal homicide laws, the Guardian reports.
The Outrage that Followed
Marshae Jone’s case sparked outrage throughout the USA. There’s been an outpouring of support for her on social media:
Today, Marshae Jones was indicted for homicide when someone shot her in the stomach while she was pregnant, ending her pregnancy. They said she “started it.” The shooter went free. This what 2019 looks like for a pregnant woman of color without means in a red state. This is now.
— ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) June 27, 2019
Make no mistake – what is happening to #MarshaeJones is intentional and will continue happening so long as folx continue protecting clumps of cells over actual living people. It will happen again, and pregnant folx will be policed and persecuted in unspeakable ways.
— Shelby Strong Math♀ (@Sneffleupagus) June 27, 2019
Here’s the Tea
Marshae was in jail for getting shot while pregnant. Her crime was that she had a miscarriage. The Alabama police and court disregarded her trauma of being shot. The only victim they saw was an unborn child.
As The Cut reports, the ultimate goal of the anti-abortion movement “is to define fetuses as humans with full constitutional rights”. Marshae was not so much seen as a person by the state, as she was a womb.
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