Yes, this shit is true.
Not that I’m surprised or anything…they did just ratify the 13th amendment this February…but hell, now the state might soon be able to jail women for stillbirths.
Yes. Mississippi might be able to JAIL a woman for unintentionally giving birth to stillbirths.
From Mother Jones:
“On March 14, 2009, 31 weeks into her pregnancy, Nina Buckhalter gave birth to a stillborn baby girl. She named the child Hayley Jade. Two months later, a grand jury in Lamar County, Mississippi, indicted Buckhalter for manslaughter, claiming that the then-29-year-old woman “did willfully, unlawfully, feloniously, kill Hayley Jade Buckhalter, a human being, by culpable negligence.”
The district attorney argued that methamphetamine detected in Buckhalter’s system caused Hayley Jade’s death. The state Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments on the case on April 2, is expected to rule soon on whether the prosecution can move forward.”
If a woman can legally terminate an unwanted pregnancy, how can she be jailed for unintentionally ending a wanted one?
My mind is till fucking reeling from this.
Read the full article here.