BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A pregnant woman has been indicted for manslaughter after the fetus was killed during a shooting altercation. 

Executive Director Randall Marshall:

"This is another example of how Alabama is moving to criminalize pregnancy. Indeed, Alabama is one of the most dangerous places in the country for a Black woman trying to carry her pregnancy to term, and this prosecution is just one more attack on the basic human rights and dignity of Black women in our state.

 

The state already prosecutes women who choose to continue their pregnancies while struggling with addiction, even though leading medical experts unanimously agree that doing so leads to worse outcomes for mothers and babies who are addicted to drugs, and prosecutors are now trying to expand that to any choice made which affects the fetus.

 

If this prosecution is allowed to proceed, it will not be much of a step to come up with a way to prosecute a woman who has an abortion."

 

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