Marshae Jones Charged—The story is as absurd as horrifying. In the United States, a 27-year-old woman was charged with manslaughter by a grand jury in the state of Alabama for the death of her unborn baby. The reason: she would have initiated the dispute that led a woman shot him in the stomach.
According to information reported by the local news site AL.com and relayed by several national media, the police had initially charged the alleged gunman but a grand jury had not continued the prosecution. The mother was transferred Wednesday to Jefferson County Jail.
The altercation between the two women took place last December 4 in Alabama. The mother, Marshae Jones, was shot in the stomach: driving to the hospital, she lost her baby.
Unexpectedly, the police did not consider the mother as a victim: “The investigations showed that the only victim was the unborn baby,” said Lt. Danny Reid at the time. It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the argument that resulted from the death of his own unborn baby. “
According to the man, who said that the argument would have been about the father, the five-month-old fetus “depended on his mother to protect him from any injury, and she should not have sought unnecessary physical altercations.”
The decision of the grand jury has obviously triggered the anger of many women’s rights activists. The President of the Yellowhammer Fund, which helps women gain access to abortion, promised that the organization would “help [Marshae Jones] get out of jail, by providing legal assistance and ensuring that she gets justice for the attacks she suffered.
The state of Alabama provoked international outrage in May by enacting the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the United States, banning virtually all voluntary abortions, even in the case of incest or rape.