A woman from Oklahoma has been found guilty of 1st-degree manslaughter after she suffered a miscarriage…
The woman will now face 4 years in prison.
For many, it is yet another step backwards when it comes to the issue of Women’s Rights and pregnancy and as you can imagine, the case has caused outrage global outrage.
Have a look for yourselves…
Now, the topic of abortion is a sensitive one.
Abortion has long been known as a somewhat “taboo” topic, with women historically being forced to risk their lives in order to terminate their unwanted pregnancies.
The Roe V. Wade legal case marked a revolution that saved many women’s lives.
A 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, affirmed that a woman’s access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional human right.
But the right to an abortion has been dealt a heavy blow in recent years.
Here in the U.S. the right to safe and legal abortion has been the law of the land for more than forty-five years and is a part of the fabric of this country.
Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court dealt a huge blow to our right to access safe, legal abortion, however, Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump, who had previously made a clear promise to nominate judges who would “automatically” overturn Roe v. Wade.
And, of course, the Alabama abortion ban sparked huge outrage and controversy…
On May 14, 2019, Alabama legislators passed a bill banning abortions. The passing of this bill has triggered an outcry across the world, with millions standing forward in support of women’s rights.
Republican, Governor Kay Ivey, said after signing the bill: “The bill stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
And as of 2021, only 3 clinics remain in the state of Alabama.
Four other states have imposed a similar bill…
Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio have signed bills in recent months that ban abortions if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected.
These are often referred to as “heartbeat bills,” meaning abortion is banned after 6 weeks of pregnancy, when the fetus has fully developed a heartbeat.
It can feel as though we’re going backwards…
And there are still so many people who don’t think women deserve the right to a safe abortion.
There is still a huge stigma attached to the topic.
While it’s now legal in many countries across the world, there’s no doubt that abortion remains a taboo topic, with the right to a safe and legal abortion facing numerous challenges.
There seems to be no middle ground…
Both pro-life and pro-choice activists feel very strongly about their views.
Although there’s no doubt that pro-lifers can go to extremes to air their views.
Often they will protest outside abortion clinics…
These people, or anti-abortionists, as they are commonly referred to as claim that they believe in “pro-life” and that terminating a pregnancy is up in the same ranks as “murder.”
And with phrases like “murderer” and “baby killer” often thrown about, it’s no wonder so many women feel frightened and ashamed when it comes to abortion.
But what people don’t understand is that the opposite of pro-life isn’t abortion…
It’s believing that the right to choose what happens to your body is fundamentally important.
The abortion laws imposed are an incredibly scary prospect for many women.
But what’s even scarier, is that one woman has been charged with manslaughter after she miscarried…
Brittney Poolaw was found guilty of 1st-degree manslaughter after she suffered a miscarriage last year.
Earlier this month, the twenty-one-year-old was sentenced to 4 years in prison for her miscarriage, People reports.
An autopsy revealed that the unborn child died at 17 weeks gestation, with prosecutors blaming it on Poolaw’s drug use, the outlet reports.
As per the outlet, the Constitution reports that medical examiners listed the cause of death as “intrauterine fetal demise due to maternal meth use.”
A toxicology report also found that the unborn child had tested positive for meth and amphetamine.
Following her conviction, some argued that she was not charged in line with the law.
The National Advocates for Pregnant Women, a non-profit advocacy organization, said in a statement: “Oklahoma’s murder and manslaughter laws do not apply to miscarriages, which are pregnancy losses that occur before twenty weeks, a point in pregnancy before a fetus is viable (able to survive outside of the womb). And, even when applied to later losses, Oklahoma law prohibits prosecution of the ‘mother of the unborn child’ unless she committed ‘a crime that caused the death of the unborn child.'”
Describing her case as a “tragedy,” they added: “She has suffered the trauma of pregnancy loss, has been jailed for a year and half during a pandemic, and was charged and convicted of a crime without basis in law or science. “
“NAPW is mobilizing to stop these inhumane and abusive prosecutions of women for experiencing pregnancy loss.”
What do you think of this very controversial decision?