Target: Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry
Goal: Drop murder and feticide charges against woman who attempted suicide while pregnant.
Bei Bei Shuai was pregnant when she became depressed and tried to end her life. Her friends were able to intervene and she survived. Bei Bei then tried everything she could to save the life of her unborn child. Trying to ensure her baby’s health, she had a cesarean surgery. Sadly, shortly after delivery her newborn died. Bei Bei Shuai was then arrested for murder and feticide. She faces up to twenty years for attempted feticide and the death penalty or 45-years to life for murder.
The Indianapolis laws that include viable fetuses for murder charges and feticide, which can occur at any stage of pregnancy, were introduced to protect pregnant women from violent attacks that may harm them or the fetus inside of them. Using the laws to punish a desperate woman who attempted suicide is not the intention of either law. By allowing this prosecution to continue it will create a legal precedent that makes women responsible for the outcomes of their pregnancies. Interpreting these laws this way could make women who have miscarriages or abortions subject to arrest, prosecution, and even imprisonment. Nearly twenty to thirty percent of pregnant women suffer miscarriage or still birth. This cannot be made illegal.
Please, tell Marion County Prosecutor to drop the charges against Bei Bei Shuai and free her now.
Dear Terry Curry,
Bei Bei Shuai should not be charged with murder and feticide. The intentions of these laws were to protect women and their unborn children from violent attacks. Not to make it the mother’s responsibility that the fetus survives. Bei Bei Shuai was severely depressed when she tried to end her life. Her friends intervened and saved her life. She then tried everything she could to ensure the survival of her unborn child. She had a cesarean surgery, but sadly shortly after being born her child died.
Interpreting murder and feticide laws to punish a desperate woman is wrong. This would create a precedent that makes women responsible for the outcome of their unborn children. This cannot happen. Twenty to thirty percent of women experience miscarriages or still births. Opening the law would subject all these women to possible arrest, prosecution, and even imprisonment.
Please, drop the charges against Bei Bei Shuai and free her now.
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