33 year old Indiana woman Purvi Patel was just sentenced to 41 years, 20 of them in prison, 10 suspended, remainder probation, FOR HAVING A MISCARRIAGE (no abortion drugs were found in her system, no evidence of her buying abortion pills exists other than a message of her inquiring about them, no actual proof the fetus was alive at birth, yet she was convicted for both feticide and child neglect even though those two charges are completely contradictory). They’re saying feticide laws were made to protect women. It is clear now they were actually made to punish them. Yet no word on most mainstream media about this - do we really have to wait for a white woman to become a victim of this witch hunt for it to finally matter?
REMINDER: The judge in Patel’s case, Elizabeth Hurley, was the first superior court appointee by Indiana’s conservative governor, Mike Pence. Judge
Hurley allowed the jury to view a video of police interrogating Patel in
post-operative recovery, despite defense arguments that Patel’s Miranda
rights were ignored and she was recovering from sedation and severe
blood loss during the questioning (she was questioned right after receiving medical help).
Every few years or so, in their fight against reproductive rights, activists refocus on Planned Parenthood as enemy #1. People who are against abortion hold it up as the representation of all that is wrong with America: “An entire medical practice set up to give women abortions! They must be stopped!” But what most of them don’t admit is this really important fact:
Only a measly 3% of their services are actually abortion-related.
California lawmakers introduced a measure this week that would require a number of crisis pregnancy centers across the state to inform clients about abortion services, instead of manipulating women by whatever means necessary not to terminate pregnancies.
It’s a mission unlike any other. On June 27, a collective of European abortion advocacy groups say they’re going to send a drone out of Frankfurt and into the small border town of Slubice in Poland — and its cargo is a supply of abortion pills to distribute to local women. The drop is being organized in part by the Dutch nonprofit Women on Waves, which works to bring abortion services, contraception and counseling to areas with restrictive abortion laws.
“Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the concept of “choice” is an ephemeral one for low-income women who live in states that pass laws limiting access to abortion, as they may not be able to afford to travel to a state with less onerous restrictions.
The lack of reproductive freedom is a remaining barrier to gender parity, the justice said at a Duke Law event Wednesday evening. Advocacy organizations and groups that fund abortions have pushed the idea that being “pro-choice” includes fighting to end the decades-old Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funds from going toward Medicaid coverage for abortion except in limited circumstances. One in four women on Medicaid who would have abortions if the Hyde Amendment didn’t exist instead carry an unwanted pregnancy to term because of the prohibitive cost of the procedure, the Guttmacher Institute notes.
“There’s a sorry situation in the United States, which is essentially that poor women don’t have choice. Women of means do. They will, always. Let’s assume Roe v. Wade were overruled and we were going back to each state for itself, well, any woman who could travel from her home state to a state that provides access to abortion, and those states never go back to old ways … So if you can afford a plane ticket, a train ticket or even a bus ticket you can control your own destiny but if you’re locked into your native state then maybe you can’t. That we have one law for women of means and another for poor women is not a satisfactory situation.”
A Cleveland cop jumped on the hood of an unarmed black couple’s car and shot at them 49 times, and a judge acquitted him of manslaughter. Meanwhile Purvi Patel is in jail for 20 years for a miscarriage. America 2015.