29 Jun '11, 3am

Pregnant Women Suffering Stillbirths Face Criminal Charges | Care2 Causes

Pregnant Women Suffering Stillbirths Face Criminal Charges | Care2 Causes

Rennie Gibbs is accused of murder, but the crime she is alleged to have committed is no ordinary killing. Rennie Gibbs became pregnant aged 15, but lost the baby in December 2006 in a stillbirth, when she was 36 weeks into the pregnancy. When prosecutors discovered that she had a cocaine habit, they charged her with the “depraved-heart murder” of her child, which carries a mandatory life sentence. There is not an iota of evidence that drug abuse had anything to do with the baby’s death, but the prosecutors decided they knew better than Ms. Gibbs what her intent was. This young woman now faces life in prison in Mississippi over the death of her unborn child. Yes, you read that right. I am no lawyer, but this is obviously wrong, on all possible grounds. How can going through the emotional and physical agony of a stillbirth at 36 months make a woman a murderer? Punishment Ins...

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