The legislative session kicked off in the states with a bunch of new anti-abortion bills, along with the conviction of an Indiana woman for feticide and neglect of a dependent.
The Purvi Patel prosecution shines a light on the terrifying conclusion to anti-abortion rhetoric that criminalizes pregnancy outcomes and pits the pregnant person against her fetus.
From Catholic hospitals to juries in Indiana, more and more pregnant people are finding themselves pitted against their pregnancies.
Jurors deliberated for less than five hours before finding Purvi Patel guilty of both feticide and felony neglect of a dependent.
Although feticide laws were originally intended to protect pregnant women from violence, such statutes are now being used to punish them, sending the message that women who do not have healthy pregnancies may be investigated for criminal acts.
Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that the state will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, making him the latest Republican governor to support the expansion of benefits under President Obama’s signature health-care reform law.
The federal civil rights lawsuit could be an important step in holding corporate owners liable for actions of their franchise owners.
The story of Purvi Patel’s prosecution, and the others lining up behind her, paint a bleak picture of life under the state’s ultra-conservative Republican reign and give a frightening look of what’s to come as increasingly draconian abortion restrictions force pregnant people to turn to other, sometimes illegal and often dangerous, means.
The disability-selection abortion ban being considered in Indiana should serve as a warning to pro-choice disability rights activists of the legislative maneuvers sure to take place in the coming months.
The Indiana legislature began its 2015 session on Tuesday, and while state lawmakers have yet to file any bills to revise an anti-choice state law struck down by the courts, at least one bill has been filed to further restrict reproductive rights in the state.