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Sun Dec 27, 2015, 12:06 AM

Indiana attorney general stands by conviction of Purvi Patel for feticide and child neglect

Indiana attorney general stands by conviction of Purvi Patel for feticide and child neglect

This story is a part of Across Women's Lives

PRI's The World
December 10, 2015 · 5:45 PM EST

By Amy Gastelum


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The state's response to Purvi Patel's appeal of her conviction for feticide and child neglect.

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Thirty-five-year-old Purvi Patel, the daughter of Indian immigrants, has now served eight months of a 46-year sentence at the Indiana Women’s Prison. In October, Patel lodged an appeal of that conviction with the state’s Court of Appeals, and now Indiana’s attorney general has responded. It's not clear when the appeals court will issue a ruling on her appeal.

Patel’s case has gotten international attention as well as support from reproductive rights groups who worry her conviction of feticide sets a precedent that enables more convictions of women for outcomes of their own pregnancies.

Both Patel’s appeal and the state’s response center on the night of July 13, 2013, when Patel appeared, bleeding, in the emergency room of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center near South Bend, where she lived.

At first, Patel did not tell doctors that she had been pregnant. But Patel still had a placenta inside her womb, attached to a severed umbilical cord. She later told doctors she had lost the pregnancy at home and left the fetal remains in a dumpster. This led to a police search, aided by one of the doctors who treated Patel. They found the remains, and police questioned Patel in the hospital after she emerged from an operation to remove the placenta.

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http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-12-10/indiana-stands-its-conviction-purvi-patel-feticide-and-child-neglect?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link

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Sun Dec 27, 2015, 06:09 AM

1. This is a dismal story. This is about treating women as second class citizens...

and it will take me a while to process this outrage.

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