Target: Terry Curry, Prosecutor, Marion County, Indiana
Goal: Demand prosecutor drops murder and feticide charges against a suicide attempt survivor.
Bei Bei Shuai is a survivor of a suicide attempt. As a result of the attempted suicide she lost her baby that she was pregnant with at the time, just a few days after it was born. In accordance with Indiana state law she is being charged with murder and attempted feticide – an act that causes the death of a fetus. Bei Bei is set to go on trial sometime this fall and the decision on the case could potentially cause harm on mentally unstable pregnant women in the future.
On December 23, 2010, a pregnant Bei Bei Shuai attempted to commit suicide by ingesting rat poison. She had been in distress after her boyfriend, who was the child’s biological father, decided to leave her while she was still pregnant for a family and a woman he had been secretly married to. Bei Bei’s friends took her to a hospital on time and the doctors were able to save her and her baby. Eight days later the baby was born via a C-section, however died in Bei Bei’s arms due to a cerebral hemorrhage.
Three months later, a newly elected prosecutor, Terry Curry, charged Bei Bei with murder and attempted feticide, claiming that the rat poison killed her baby. If Bei Bei is convicted of the charges she faces forty-five to sixty-five years in prison. Bei Bei’s case is very important because should she be found guilty, it might pose legal ramifications for other pregnant women.
Unfortunately depression and considering suicide are common among pregnant women and their mental illnesses, depression and emotional distress should not be punishable. Sign the petition below to demand that Terry Curry drops all charges against Bei Bei.
Dear Terry Curry,
You charged Bei Bei Shuai with murder and attempted feticide when her baby died after being delivered undergoing Cesarean surgery. You claimed that the rat poison that Bei Bei ingested in an attempt to kill herself eventually killed her baby.
I want to bring to your attention that anyone can be subject to mental illness, depression and emotional distress and pregnant women are no exclusion. It is wrongful to hold Bei Bei’s decision to end her life against her because it may have resulted in her child’s death. If Bei Bei is convicted it will not only put a victim of distress in jail, but also create a precedent where pregnant women are questioned if they do not deliver a healthy baby and abortions may be convicted as murders as well.
I urge you to drop all charges against Bei Bei now and not discriminate against pregnant women in emotional distress, or those that are depressed.
[Your Name here]
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