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    Alabama woman charged after losing unborn baby in shooting

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48789836

    She gets shot in the abdomen and her baby dies. She is charged with murder of the unborn child. The person who actually fired the gun had charges dropped.

    A 27-year-old woman in Alabama has been indicted for manslaughter after losing her unborn baby in a shooting - despite not being the shooter.

    Marshae Jones was arrested on Wednesday for initiating a dispute last December that led to another woman shooting her in the stomach, local media reported.

    Charges against the shooter were dismissed after a failed indictment.

    Pro-choice groups are now saying it shows how the state's new restrictive abortion laws can affect other cases.

    The Jefferson County Bessemer District Attorney's office issued a statement saying they are weighing whether or not to prosecute the "truly tragic case" and denying any connection to anti-abortion legislation, local media reported.

    "Our office is in the process of evaluating this case and has not yet made a determination about whether to prosecute it as a manslaughter case, reduce it to a lesser charge or not to prosecute it."

    On 4 December, while she was five months pregnant, Ms Jones was involved in a fight with 23-year-old Ebony Jemison outside of a Dollar General store, according to AL.com.

    According to police, the argument began over the unborn child's father, and resulted in Ms Jemison eventually shooting Ms Jones and leading to her miscarriage.

    Ms Jemison faced a manslaughter charge that was dismissed after a grand jury failed to indict her, AL.com reported.

    Police then said that since Ms Jones allegedly started the initial argument and endangered her baby's life, she would face similar charges. Police also alleged that Ms Jemison was forced to defend herself from Ms Jones.

    Pleasant Grove police Lt Danny Reid said in December: "The only true victim in this was the unborn baby. It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby."

    Lt Reid added that the child "had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection".

    On Wednesday, Ms Jones was arrested for manslaughter and taken to Jefferson County Jail on a $50,000 (£40,000) bond. She was released on Thursday after posting the bond.

    Ms Jemison has called the indictment unjust.

    "I don't feel she should be charged with manslaughter because she didn't go upon killing her baby herself," she told Buzzfeed.

    "But she should be charged with child endangerment or assault or something like that."

    Rights groups' condemnation

    Women's rights activists and pro-choice advocates have condemned the state for pressing charges on Ms Jones - reigniting conversations around how the state's newly legalised anti-abortion measures can affect women even in non-abortion cases.

    But the county district attorney's office stated on Friday that the new abortion law played no role in the case.

    "This case predates the passage of the legislation and we must point out the new law played no role in the consideration of the Grand Jury," the statement said.

    Pleasant Grove Police and the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the BBC.
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    butif:
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    why I should worship the state (who apparently is the only party that can possess guns without question).
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    I can offer a little "local" (ish) insight to this as well as what most people are saying.....

    First, the grand jury didn't indict the shooter because she made serious effort to get away and avoid the physical conflict, but Jones was not having any of that.

    Second, a lot of people think this is political. Meaning, no one actually plans on sending Jones to jail (or even convicting her when all said and done) but rather use the case as a way to get some legal precedent established (and some media headwind) to in turn use to attempt to have Alabama's new strict anti-abortion laws rescinded.
    "Self conquest is the greatest of all victories." - Plato



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