States are prosecuting women in the name of ‘fetal rights’. We should all be alarmed | Moira Donegan

The indictment of Marshae Jones is part of a larger trend of states criminalizing women for unintended pregnancy outcomes In December, 28-year-old Marshae Jones saw a woman she didnt like, Ebony Jemison, in the parking lot of a Dollar General in Pleasant Grove, Alabama, and confronted her. The fight turned physical, and Jemison shot Jones, who was five months pregnant, in the stomach. Jones was rushed to a hospital. She survived, but lost her pregnancy. The fetus had been struck by a bullet. Yet a grand jury indicted Jones not Jemison for manslaughter. Under Alabama law a fetus has the same rights as a living person, and the grand jury ruled that Jones had an obligation to avoid anything that …

‘WTF is she smoking?’ Dem Rep. Jackie Speier takes a page from AOC’s book to argue for abortion rights [video]

Today, Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier took the stage at a “Stop the Bans” rally to argue against anti-abortion laws: At the #StopTheBans rally, Rep. Jackie Speier says she is not ashamed of her second-trimester abortion, that she had for medical reasons, and criticized male state lawmakers for thinking “it’s ok to send women to prison or give them the death penalty for having an abortion.” pic.twitter.com/mJLaNBFW8t — Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) May 21, 2019 First of all: The sole exemptions for the Alabama abortion ban, which is arguably the strictest in the country, are to protect the life of the pregnant woman or if the fetus cannot survive. It seems that Rep. Speier’s second-trimester abortion fell into one of those two …