MA Woman Will Not Face Homicide Charges after Inducing Abortion
The Essex, Massachusetts district attorney has announced that a woman who was charged two months ago with illegally inducing an abortion by taking anti-ulcer pills will not face homicide charges. Massachusetts law makes it illegal to seek or perform an abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy; anyone who terminates a pregnancy after 24 weeks may face homicide charges. Though the fetus was estimated to be about 25 weeks old, prosecutors doubted that they could convince a jury that the fetus was a viable human being who had been killed, the Boston Globe reports. funny picturesfunny imagesfunny photosfunny animal picturesfunny dog picturesfunny cat picturesfunny gifs
The woman, who will still face charges, was released on $15,000 bail and will be arraigned in Salem Superior Court within the next two weeks. The young woman will be charged on the grounds of illegally obtaining an abortion, which in Massachusetts is a felony, and if found guilty she could face up to seven years in prison, the Eagle Tribune reports.
Authorities said that the young woman had taken a drug prescribed for ulcers that is part of the pill used for medical abortions. Studies have found that the drug, known by its brand name Cytotec, is common among Latina women as an affordable, though dangerous, way of inducing abortion, according to the Boston Globe.
Media Resources: Boston Globe 3/29/07; The Eagle Tribune 3/29/07
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
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Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .