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JUL 22 2016, 12:31 PM ET Indiana Court Tosses Purvi Patel's 2015 Feticide Conviction

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The Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned the feticide conviction of a woman found guilty of killing her premature infant by taking abortion-inducing drugs.

The ruling issued Friday comes in the case of Purvi Patel, who was convicted of neglect and feticide last year. However, the court upheld a lower-level felony neglect of a dependent conviction.

Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015, two years after her self-induced abortion at her family's home. Women's advocacy groups have been heavily involved in the case, saying it marks the first time a state feticide law was used against a woman because of an alleged self-induced abortion.

The appeals court ruled that the state Legislature didn't intend for the feticide law "to be used to prosecute women for their own abortions."

Indiana Court Tosses Purvi Patel'''s 2015 Feticide Conviction - NBC News

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Good for the court for tossing the feticide conviction.
 

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Re: JUL 22 2016, 12:31 PM ET Indiana Court Tosses Purvi Patel's 2015 Feticide Convict

According to the link she was 25 weeks pregnant (or more) at the time of her self-induced abortion. That would be near the end of the 2nd trimester, and well into the territory in which the Supreme Court, in the Roe v Wade Decision, said that the States could have an interest in the outcome of a pregnancy. I should note here that I'm just making an observation, and not stating an opinion about Indiana's feticide law, indicative of that State's magnitude of interest in pregnancies that weren't aborted in the first trimester.
 
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