Pregnant Woman Charged with Manslaughter after Being Shot in Stomach

Marshae Jones criminalised in abortion bill

In May Alabama Senate passed a controversial bill that makes procuring an abortion a felony in almost every circumstance including rape and incest challenging the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the US.

Under the Human Life Protection Act, doctors who perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy could face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison while the mother carrying the foetus could face criminal charges. World Top celebrities including Rihanna and Lady Gaga, Janelle Monae, John Legend, Vikings hero Katheryn Winnick, Hector Bellerin are among other took it to social media to protest the restrictive anti-abortion laws passed in the state of Alabama, but the law still reigns.

A 27-year-old woman who was pregnant with a five months old foetus has been charged with manslaughter following an altercation with another woman that cost her pregnancy. Pregnant Marshae Jones has shot in the stomach in December outside a shop in Pleasant Grove, near Birmingham, killing her foetus.

While the woman accused of shooting at her is walking the ends of earth freely,  Jones was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on a manslaughter charge and is expected to be held in the county jail on a $50,000 bond.

“The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby. It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby,” a lieutenant of police keeping tabs on the shooting.

The indictment prompted an uproar on Twitter mostly from abortion groups, who spoke out in Jones’s support.

“Marshae Jones was indicted for manslaughter for losing a pregnancy after being shot in the abdomen FIVE times. Her shooter remains free,” wrote Alabama-based abortion group the Yellowhammer Fund on Twitter. “We’re going to get Marshae out of jail and assist with her legal representation.

“Marshae Jones was indicted for homicide when someone shot her in the stomach while she was pregnant, ending her pregnancy. They said she ‘started it.’ The shooter went free. This what 2019 looks like for a pregnant woman of colour without means in a red state. This is now,” President of Naral Pro-Choice America cried out in a tweet.

SOURCEThe Guardian
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