Monday, May 20, 2019
In Mike Pence's first year as Indiana governor, his state put a young woman in prison for 20 years, claiming she'd taken an abortion drug even though Purvi Patel didn't have a trace of such a drug in her system. Indiana also held Bei Bei Shuai for 435 days in a brutal maximum security Marion County prison, facing 45 years to life for trying to kill herself, coincidently causing the death of her 33-week fetus. Utah charged 28-year-old Melissa Rowland with murder for refusing C-section, after one of the twins died in childbirth. Sixteen-year-old Rennie Gibbs was charged in Mississippi with "depraved heart murder" when her baby was born dead with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. Prosecutors charged her with using cocaine. Angela Carder was ordered to have a C-section to deliver her baby before she died of cancer. Both she and the baby died from the procedure.
There were 793 documented, and probably thousands of lesser-known cases, of women being prosecuted for having miscarriages or attempting abortions between the time Roe v. Wade became the law of the land and 2014. Given that one out of four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, laws like Georgia's and Alabama's will require additional police staffs to track women and enforce these draconian laws.
The GOP are depraved monsters willing to kill and imprison needlessly, just to gain a political advantage. They are just as reckless with all life on earth with their denial of human caused climate change and perpetuation of the threat of nuclear annihilation. All the while pretending they care about babies, who, if they are actually born ,the GOP will be just as quick to deny them food, shelter, education and health care.
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