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Woman Charged With Feticide Gets Bond

Woman Charged With Feticide Gets Bond

Bei Bei Shuai who faces murder and feticide charges after ingesting rat poison, will be released on bond, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

The court declined to throw out the charges but agreed with the defense that the request for bong was valid because Indiana law allows bail on murder charges when the defendant shows proof that guilt is not evidence and presumption of guilt is not strong.

Shuai’s attorney has argued that her client ate the rat poison in a suicide attempt and not because she intended to kill her baby. Therefore, the defense argues, the charges should be thrown out. Shuai has been jailed since March 2011 after she ingested the rat poison while 33 weeks pregnant.

Shuai’s case has become a rallying point for health care advocates who have petitioned for her release. They claim that the prosecution of Shuai and others like her will deter pregnant women from seeking prenatal care, treatment for drug and alcohol problems, and mental health services that are beneficial to them and their infants.

The court had rejected Shuai’s claim that her actions were a suicide attempt pointing to Shuai’s suicide note that mentioned her unborn baby as evidence Shuai intended to kill her unborn baby as well. The court also held that a pregnant woman does not have immunity from prosecution for acts she commits against her own fetus, a first-of-its kind ruling in Indiana.

The logic collapses on itself as this case is pretty clearly about punishing Shuai and not about any underlying intent or motivation. And if we need any more evidence that Republicans are simply exercising a vendetta against women, consider the fact that states are now trying to shield from prosecution doctors who lie to women to try and influence decisions away from abortions but insist on prosecuting women who takes any action that harms her fetus, whether she means to or not.

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5:20AM PDT on May 21, 2012

men, men men men men men...suck, you can be sure it is all men prosecuting her.

11:46PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

And the war on women continues...damn!

7:19PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

The govt needs to stay out of abortion completely.

2:13PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

I just wished the anti's would show as much concern for women and children as they do for fetuses.

Putting a women in jail for trying to commit suicide defies logic.

3:33PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

This women needs mental health and physical health care not made to be a criminal. Corporate big shots get away with a lot more They steal millions and that seems to be Ok This poor woman tries to end her life and the courts want her goaled This stinks.

1:38PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

How ridiculous, our courts are becoming a clown show with cases like these. Who cares if she was trying to get rid of her fetus or not? The fetus is part of her own body, and the courts have no place deciding what a person can do with or to their own body in private when not hurting anyone else (which means external to their own body).

6:27PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

If these republi-con hypocrites were serious about addressing needless infanticide then why don't they go after the chemical, drug and war industries that cause numerous miscarriages in women daily all over the word? Or the number of pregnant women killed by their boyfriends, husbands or male strangers? I guess it's only a crime when a woman attempts to take control over her own dire situation and has to resort to an abortion that it's a crime. Time to put a bill in where serial rapists are executed and loser men take financial responsibility for the women they get pregant both within a marriage as well as outside of one! I guess we'd have fewer Tea Partiers and Republi-cons in office because of all of the money needed for child support would cut into their crooked election funding!

4:11PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Attempting suicide is also illegal. It is sad that she was so depressed she was willing to kill not only herself but a defenseless baby. She needs serious help, but not jail time

3:18AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

This is a personal tragedy and shouldn't be punishable by any law.

1:24AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Well, duh that's like saying that if you pick up a boot full of piss to read the directions on the heel that you intended to destroy the piss. Each are an unintended consequence of the act. I wonder if any one of these people who sit in judgement understand what it is like to be young, abandoned, alone and depressed. When the pain gets so bad that death seems like the only answer. And what exactly did they expect her to do with the fetus, get a fetus sitter?

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