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In Alabama, a pregnant woman was shot in the stomach. She faces up to 20 years in prison for the unintentional murder of the fetus

Police believe that she herself provoked the assailant and is to blame for the death of the unborn child.

On June 27, a resident of the US state of Alabama, Marshae Jones, was charged with manslaughter and released on bail of $ 50,000. Police believe that the 28-year-old girl who was five months pregnant, herself provoked a situation that caused the death of the fetus.

The conflict between Jones and the 23-year-old Ebony Jamison occurred in December 2018. The girls, as well as the father of the child Jones, worked together in a warehouse in the city of Pleasant Grove. As Jamison says, Jones was often jealous of her husband when he talked to newly arrived female workers.

On the day of the shooting, a pregnant girl allegedly demanded an explanation from Jamison, and then grabbed her hair. At some point, the opponent pulled out a pistol and, according to, made a warning shot at the ground, but somehow the bullet hit the pregnant woman’s stomach. Soon after the call, an ambulance arrived, but the fetus could not be saved.

Ebony Jamison After Detention Photo by Alabama Police

Initially, the investigation accused the gunman of manslaughter, but the jury rejectedthis version and decided to release Jamison. No other charges were brought against her; instead, the police launched an investigation against the victim. “The only real victim in this story is the unborn child,” – commented on the police case.

Jemison considers the charges against Jones unfair, although he admits that part of the responsibility for the death of the fetus lies on her. “I do not think that she should be accused of manslaughter, because she herself did not kill her child. But she should be judged for creating conditions that threaten the life of the child or something like that, ” said the assailant. She added that at the meeting would have asked for forgiveness Jones.

Local women’s rights organizations criticized the charges against Jones. The Yellowhammer Foundation, which allocates funds to pay for abortions in Alabama for people in difficult situations, has promised to provide the defendant with legal support in court.

The trial of Jones takes place against the backdrop of the adoption of the law in Alabama, prohibiting almost all types of abortion

Alabama is one of the 38 states of the United States, where in some cases the court interprets the killing of an unborn child as “premeditated murder.” As thought and human rights activists, the case against Jones is a prime example of the restrictive abortion laws in Alabama, which criminalized acts of a pregnant woman.

According to Vox, the accusations against Jones shocked many, but this is not the first time that women are judged due to a miscarriage. In 2011, in Georgia, the mother of four was sentenced to 12 months of probation for committing an offense that caused the death of a child. He left his mother unattended on the road where he was hit by a car.

Protests in Alabama against law prohibiting almost all types of abortion in the state, May 2019 AP Photo

In 2015, a resident of Indiana Purvey Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison for using drugs that provoked a miscarriage. A year later, the sentence was appealed , the court decided to release the girl.

In May 2019, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a law banning almost all abortions in the state, including for victims of rape and incest. The local public, mostly women, met the law with a wave of protests, but this did not lead to visible results. The law should enter into force after November 2019. A similar law was passed in Georgia; it prohibits abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy. The law will enter into force in 2020.

A new meeting on the case of Jones has not yet been scheduled. In the case of a guilty verdict, she faces up to 20 years in prison.


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