Bei Bei Shuai, the Indiana woman who was charged with feticide after she ingested poison in an attempted suicide, which was believed to have caused the premature birth and subsequent death of her daughter, has now been denied bail as she awaits a court trial. According to The IndyChannel, Shuai, who has been held in custody since March, had a judge both deny a dismissal of the case as well as deny bail for the woman until trial, despite the input of over 80 medical and legal professionals who have advocated on Shuai’s behalf.
Shuai, who according to her lawyer was attempting to kill herself, not end her pregnancy, has now had multiple agencies filing “friends of the court” briefs defending her, and asking for the court to drop charges. As one doctor and representative of PostPartum Support International wrote, “A suicide attempt is a sad but predictable aspect of mental illness, and, unfortunately, pregnant women are not immune from such diseases. Because treatment is so critical for the pregnant patient, her fetus and her family, amici support an approach that sees suicide and attempted suicide, as a medical issue, not a criminal one — a stance that is consistent with the position of the Indiana Department of Health.”
Shuai’s lawyer has appealed the denial of bail, and the ruling on that is expected to be expedited.
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