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Controversial Feticide Conviction Tossed

Lesser charge upheld for Purvi Patel

(Newser) - The Indiana Court of Appeals overturned the feticide conviction of a woman found guilty of killing her premature infant by taking abortion-inducing drugs, saying Friday the state's law wasn't intended to be used "to prosecute women for their own abortions." The ruling comes in the case... More »

No Charges for Mom Who Took Abortion Pill at 5 Months

Georgia DA drops murder count

(Newser) - Murder charges have been dropped against a Georgia woman who took an abortion pill she bought online and delivered a five-and-a-half-month-old fetus that lived for 30 minutes, reports WALB . Kenlissa Jones, 23, reportedly took four pills of Cytotec—the brand name of the drug misoprostol used alongside mifepristone in non-surgical... More »

Indiana Woman to Serve 20 Years for Feticide in US First

Purvi Patel is first to be convicted, sentenced in feticide of own pregnancy

(Newser) - On Monday, 33-year-old Purvi Patel became the first US woman to be "charged, convicted, and sentenced for the crime of feticide for having attempted to end her own pregnancy," according to a press release issued by National Advocates for Pregnant Women . In its report, the Washington Post notes... More »

Cops: Man Tried to Cause Miscarriage With Herbs

Jarod Rebuck has been charged with attempted feticide

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Indiana man has been charged with attempted feticide allegedly motivated by his feeling that, as he told police, he's "not in a position to have children financially or mentally." An unidentified woman told police she became suspicious on Christmas Eve when two drinks Jarod Rebuck... More »

Judge Is Asked to Keep Murder Trial Free of Sympathy

Woman's suicide try doomed her fetus

(Newser) - An unusual murder case in Indiana has prompted an unusual request from prosecutors: They want the judge to bar spectators in the courtroom from wearing buttons that express support or sympathy for accused killer Bei Bei Shuai, reports AP . They also want the defense to refrain from asking questions of... More »

After Suicide Try Kills Fetus, Woman Faces Life in Prison

Bei Bei Shuai gives her first interview to the 'Guardian'

(Newser) - Bei Bei Shuai, a Chinese immigrant living in Indiana, was distraught when her married lover and the father of her unborn child left her in December 2010. She took rat poison, leaving a suicide note telling him she was "taking this baby with me." Instead, friends took her... More »

Hide Babies' Sex to Stop Immigrant Abortions: Doc

Delay disclosure until 30 weeks to halt sex-selective abortions among immigrants

(Newser) - Immigrants from countries where sex-selective abortion is widespread are bringing the practice with them to North America, a prominent Canadian doctor warns. Rajendra Kale—pointing to skewed gender ratios among South Asian communities in Canada—says health care workers should withhold the fetus' gender until after 30 weeks of pregnancy,... More »

Driver Will Be Charged With Killing Her Fetus in Crash

She could get 15 years

(Newser) - A drunk pregnant woman who led cops on a high-speed car chase that ended in a crash will likely be charged with killing her fetus, according to Georgia authorities. Officials are awaiting results from an autopsy of the fetus and toxicology tests on the woman, 21, who was approximately 6... More »

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