Patel received a six-year sentence on the feticide charge, but that will be served concurrently with the 20-year sentence. She will spend five years on probation when she is released from prison.
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.
Two new reports on state court elections show the damaging role outside money plays in local judicial elections.
While the teen has not been charged with a crime regarding the dead fetus, she has still faced death threats and public judgment for her actions.
Complaints against college administrators and private companies show the law is failing to hold our institutions accountable for illegal sex discrimination.
Bei Bei Shuai’s prosecution finally comes to an end, and more good news from federal courts reviewing state-level abortion restrictions.
Bei Bei Shuai’s long ordeal is finally over, just as Purvi Patel’s begins.
A flurry of legal activity over state-level abortion restrictions occupied much of the federal court’s attention last week.
Traditionally, feticide charges aren’t filed against the person who had been pregnant, though Indiana set a precedent for arresting such a person for feticide in the Bei Bei Shuai case.
An excerpt from Crow After Roe, the new book by RH Reality Check Senior Political Reporter Robin Marty and Senior Legal Analyst Jessica Mason Pieklo.