Wednesday, July 6, 2011

15-Year-Old Girl Facing Life In Prison For Stillborn Baby

15-Year-Old Girl Faces Life in Prison for a Miscarriage? Why Conservatives Are Criminalizing Pregnant Women
Rennie Gibbs is facing murder charges in a Mississippi prison over the death of her stillborn child.
Gibbs lost her baby at 36 weeks and prosecutors discovered she had a cocaine habit.
Even though drug use had nothing to do with her baby's death, she was charged with a “depraved-heart murder.”
Fetal homicide laws, which exist in at least 38 states, were not intended to target would-be mothers, they were designed to protect women and girls from abusive males.
Gibbs, who was 15-years-old at the time is the first woman in Mississippi to be charged with murder relating to the loss of her unborn baby.
Across the US more and more prosecutions are being brought that seek to turn pregnant women into criminals.
Amanda Kimbrough was advised to get an abortion by doctors because her baby would be born with Down's syndrome, but instead she had the child.
The baby died minutes after being born and Amanda was charged with “chemical endangerment” due to allegations that she took drugs while pregnant.
“That shocked me, it really did,” Kimbrough told the Guardian. “I had lost a child, that was enough.”
Do you think this law is fair?

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