20 Years in Prison for Miscarrying? Purvi Patel & the Criminalization of Pregnancy

http://democracynow.org – While Indiana has been in the spotlight over its new anti-LGBT “religious freedom” law, another state controversy is brewing. On Monday, Purvi Patel became the first person in U.S. history sentenced to prison for feticide for what the state said was an attempt to end her own pregnancy. While Patel says she had a miscarriage, delivering a stillborn fetus, prosecutors accused her of taking drugs to induce an abortion, even though no drugs were found in her system. They also used a discredited test to claim the fetus was born alive. Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison. We look at her case amidst the rising tide of anti-choice laws and the criminalization of pregnancy with Lynn Paltrow, founder and executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women.

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Huge miscarriage of justice.

We need Women’s rights and an end to senseless mass-incarceration.


Laws are designed to oppress people, and notice how this law was used to oppress a woman of color.


Laws are applied in a racially bias way.