Last week brought a mixed bag of decisions for reproductive justice advocates.
It’s already been nearly two and a half years since Shuai was charged, and now her trial may be delayed even longer.
Without a usable pathology report, the charges no longer stand up to scrutiny.
Roe also acknowledges a related fact: until its passage women’s bodies, legally speaking, functioned like production facilities, holding tanks, regulated environments, the property of the men who impregnated them.
The Indiana woman accused of killing her fetus by ingesting rat poison has rejected the state’s offer to let her plea down to feticide from murder.
Women were once seen as “second victims” of abortion. Now, as women face murder trials for unintended pregnancy losses, they’re potential fodder for a prison system that is steadily becoming one of the biggest businesses in the country.
Bei Bei Shuai was charged with murder and attempted feticide while still hospitalized for an emotional breakdown and then spent 435 days in prison. She is now out on bail, but paying for a GPS-enabled ankle bracelet that will cost her $2500 until her trial. What is wrong with this picture?
Bei Bei Shuai was released on bail today after more than a year in an Indianapolis jail for being so depressed during pregnancy that she attempted suicide. She survived the suicide attempt but lost her baby — and her ordeal is not over yet.
There is a disturbing trend on the rise in the U.S., one that crosses into many arenas — from legislation to insurance policy to our judicial system to the way individuals interact with their medical providers. The trend? Making women responsible for healthy birth outcomes and jailing them when they don’t meet this unattainable standard.
If not for the intervention of my own doctor, I could have been Christine Taylor or, even more frightening, Bei Bei Shuai.