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The Progressive Cynic

© Josh Sager – February 2013


Did you know that there are dozens of women who are currently sitting in American jails today for “fetal homicide” or “negligence” charges resulting from miscarriages? It seems amazing to think about, but this unjust persecution of women who have lost children is a very real pattern in some areas of the United States.

In some areas of the country—primarily the south—numerous women have been arrested after giving birth to stillborn children. These women are charged with a variety of offenses, ranging from “fetal homicide” to “criminal negligence” and are threatened with years of jail time.

In a recent study by the Journal of Health Politics, it is reported that over 400 women have been arrested and charged with crimes against fetuses since 1973. Of these women, many are arrested while still pregnant and are detained through a judicial order for the…

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