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Washington (AFP) – An American woman who miscarried after being shot five times has been charged by Alabama authorities in the death of her fetus, a move abortion rights groups condemned on Thursday.
The arrest of Marshae Jones came amid heightened tensions around abortion after more than a dozen states in the southern and midwestern United States, including Alabama, passed restrictive abortion laws that are currently being challenged in court.
“Marshae Jones was indicted for manslaughter for losing a pregnancy after being shot in the abdomen five times. Her shooter remains free. We’re going to get Marshae out of jail,” tweeted The Yellowhammer Fund, an Alabama-based group that gives financial help to people seeking abortions.
Jones, 27, was shot in December during a fight with another woman. While the shooter was initially charged by a grand jury, prosecutors dropped that case and instead brought charges against Jones, who was arrested on Wednesday.
“The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby,” Danny Reid, a police lieutenant in the town of Pleasant Grove where the December shooting took place, said according to the web site AL.com.
I was never so glad to see a state in my rear view mirror than when I left Alabama.
This defies all logic and I doubt that any prosecutor would take this to court except in some deep south state.
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