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Was it “wrong”? Sure.
Was it a crime/illegal? No.
In the great state of Indiana, attempted suicide does not land you in jail. She, as a sovereign person, attempted just that.
If a non-pregnant person attempted suicide – not a crime. If a pregnant person attempts suicide, then it is also not a crime. There cannot be a set of laws for pregnant people and a different set of laws for non-pregnant people. That is fundamentally unconstitutional.
“Indiana does not prosecute people for attempted suicide,” said Indiana University law professor, medical doctor, and former state representative David Orentlicher. “So now this prosecutor is saying, ‘If you’re suicidal, you better not get pregnant, because you might get thrown in jail.’ That to me is a very important constitutional problem.”
It is a sad story, but she is not a criminal. I’ll definitely be watching the outcome of this attempt to trample on my rights as a woman, yet again.
Sign the petition here. http://www.change.org/petitions/free-bei-bei-shuai
Read the ACLU’s brief on the case here. http://www.aclu.org/reproductive-freedom/state-indiana-v-bei-bei-shuai-aclu-amicus-brief