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The Supreme Court of Mississippi is currently considering a case that could lead to charges of manslaughter for women who suffer miscarriages or stillbirths.
Nina Buckhalter was indicted for manslaughter in 2009 after giving birth to a stillborn baby girl named Hayley 31 weeks into her pregnancy.
According to a Mother Jones report, those charges were based on the detection of methamphetamines in Buckhalter’s system, which led a grand jury in Mississippi to declare that the defendant "did willfully, unlawfully, feloniously, kill Hayley Jade Buckhalter, a human being, by culpable negligence."
Mississippi is widely considered one of the most socially conservative states in the US, and as recently as 2011 a state ballot measure had sought to grant full rights to fertilized eggs, effectively making abortion illegal.
Oh my, what a moralistic nightmare
I think it might be better all round to put the woman in rehab and not let her leave until she's fully clean though. The death of the baby is really awful, but how will charging a drug addict with murder help them change their ways?
Does this mean she is potentially up for the death sentence?
Implications for Emergency Contraception/Plan B/The Morning-After Pill Because the Mississippi Personhood Amendment defines personhood as beginning at fertilization, which technically takes place several days prior to pregnancy, it would most likely constitute just as much of a ban on emergency contraception as abortion. Implications for Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) Because IUDs prevent pregnancy in part by creating a uterine environment that is not hospitable to the fertilized egg, IUDs would cause the destruction of persons, as defined under the amendment. Implications for the Birth Control Pill Because birth control pills also alter the uterine environment in a way that discourages implantation of a fertilized egg, and because high doses of some birth control pills constitute emergency contraception, they could be subject to criminalization. Implications for Miscarriages The criminalization of miscarriages has already become a problem, as National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) has documented. The Mississippi Personhood Amendment would clearly define miscarriages as constituting deaths of human persons, which would necessitate criminal homicide investigations. In cases involving accidents, medication, chemotherapy, or other factors that could contribute to the likelihood of a miscarriage, women could be charged with manslaughter for recklessly endangering a blastocyst, embryo, or fetus.
Mississippi’s state Supreme Court is currently considering a case that could lead to women being prosecuted for manslaughter if they miscarry or otherwise experience unintentional pregnancy loss, according to a report from Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones. In 2009, two months after Nina Buckhalter’s pregnancy ended in stillbirth, a Mississippi grand jury indicted her for manslaughter, citing her use of methamphetamine while pregnant as “culpable negligence.” Buckhalter’s attorneys challenged the charge; the Supreme Court hearing began in April and a ruling is expected soon.
in the case linked i kind of see how in theory the law could make sense(punish drug using mothers whos drug use kills their child through negligence,but i see how this could be turned around and used to punish those who did not use drugs or the like if that makes sense.this might be one of the better arguments for "slippery slope" i have heard in years