Alabama Charges Pregnant Woman With Manslaughter For Being Shot In The Stomach — But Not Her Shooter
Alabam prosecutors have indicted a 27-year-old woman from Birmingham on manslaughter charges after she was shot in the stomach and lost her pregnancy. However, The woman who actually shot her is walking free after a grand jury rejected the case against her.
Immediately after the shooting, which allegedly stemmed from a fight over the baby’s father and took place outside a Dollar General in Pleasant Grove, in December, prosecutors announced their intention to charge Jones for having a miscarriage.
“The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby,” said police lieutenant Danny Reid, who said they initially considered a murder charge. “It was the mother of the child who initiated the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby,” he added, according to AL.com.
Prosecutions against women for having miscarriages have been occurring in recent years as right-wing prosecutors seek to find loopholes in the constitutional right to an abortion. Such laws disproportionately tend to be used against women of color.
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