March 31, 2015 at 11:29 am #8973VitalogyParticipant
That’s what you get in Indiana. I think this is outrageous.
Patel was arrested in July 2013 after she went to the emergency room, bleeding heavily, at St. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka, Indiana. Despite initially denying the pregnancy, Patel eventually admitted to medical authorities that she had a miscarriage and threw the stillborn fetus in a dumpster.
According to Sue Ellen Braunlin, doctor and co-president of the Indiana Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Purvi was most likely 23-24 weeks pregnant, although prosecutors argued Patel was 25 weeks along in the state’s opening argument. The prosecution confirmed on Monday that the baby died within seconds of being born.
Patel’s lawyers argued that she panicked when she realized she was in labor. Patel comes from a conservative Hindu family that looks down on sex outside marriage, and the pregnancy was a result of an affair Patel had with her co-worker.
“Purvi Patel’s conviction amounts to punishment for having a miscarriage and then seeking medical care, something that no woman should worry would lead to jail time,” said Deepa Iyer, Activist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland’s Asian American Studies Program and former director of South Asian Americans Leading Together.
Despite Patel’s claim that she gave birth to a stillborn child, prosecutors argued that Patel gave birth to a live fetus and charged her with child neglect. Prosecutors also claimed that Patel ordered abortion-inducing drugs online and tried to terminate her pregnancy, but a toxicology report failed to find evidence of any drugs in her system.
Patel is the first woman to be sentenced under Indiana’s feticide laws but she isn’t the first woman to be charged. In 2011, Bei Bei Shuai, a Chinese American-woman, was held in prison for a year before feticide charges against her were dropped as part of a plea deal. Shuai was reportedly suffering from depression and tried to commit suicide while pregnant. She survived, but the fetus did not.
“Instead of receiving the medical support and counseling [Shuai] so desperately needed, the state charged her with murder and attempted feticide,” said Iyer.
Iyer says that the fact that the only two women charged with infanticide are Asian American is important to note because women of color often lack access to basic health care, counseling, and other reproductive health resources.
“Immigrant women of color, such as Bei Bei and Purvi, remain vulnerable to the exploitation of laws like these in a myriad of ways, as we have seen in how they have been treated by the state of Indiana,” said Iyer. “The cultural issues that the prosecution decided to drag into this case reflect stereotypes about Asian-American women and reproductive health which may not necessarily be true in this case.”March 31, 2015 at 11:39 am #8974missing_kskdParticipant
That is an absolutely horrible outcome! I’m gonna share that later. Sure hope she can get some sort of appeal. Ideally, ditch the law, but maybe there is some other kind of out.
20 years for what happened is on par with Iran dealing out “eye for an eye” recently and literally, Sharia law type scenarios. No joke.
I’ll make sure my daughters do not spend time in that State.
Too bad. I’ve friends there. Indy is kind of a rough city, but a lot of places in Indiana are great. Seems a few more of those good people need to vote a little more consistently.
Staying home has consequences.March 31, 2015 at 11:45 am #8975jerry1949Spectator
A miscarriage which resulted in the birth of a baby which died because of neglect. Can we spare a little compassion for the baby that suffered and died?March 31, 2015 at 11:46 am #8976AmusParticipant
Slut got what she had coming to her.
Praise Jesus!March 31, 2015 at 11:48 am #8977jerry1949Spectator
But I’ll admit it’s hypocritical that the woman should serve any time, since there is essentially the same result at Planned “Parenthood” thousands of times a day.
It’s very sad that so few think or care about the real victims.March 31, 2015 at 4:02 pm #9002NoPartyParticipant
Maybe YOU should take your own advice for once.
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