Bei Bei Shuai’s long ordeal is finally over, just as Purvi Patel’s begins.
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.
Despite having no evidence that Shuai murdered her child, the prosecution is still making moves to put her on trial.
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.
I have grown to hate the term “judicial activism” because it is frequently used by conservatives to criticize court decisions they simply don’t like. Still, there are few alternative phrases that accurately describe the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision in the consolidated cases of Amanda Kimbrough and Hope Ankrom, two women who were swept up in the Alabama judiciary’s zeal to promote an anti-choice personhood agenda by redefining the word “child” in Alabama’s chemical endangerment statute, so that it now applies to pregnant women who uses any amount of controlled substances, whether prescribed by a doctor or not.
H.B. very clearly defines an unborn child as beginning at the moment of conception.
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.
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.
If not for the intervention of my own doctor, I could have been Christine Taylor or, even more frightening, Bei Bei Shuai.