Fury as woman, 21, jailed for manslaughter after suffering miscarriage

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Human rights groups have spoken of their outrage after a woman was convicted of murder for an abortion.

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Brittany Poole, 21, was sentenced earlier this month to four years in prison for having an abortion using methamphetamine.

Brittany Poole had a miscarriage last year
On 6 October, Poolev was sentenced to four years in prison.

On 6 October, Poolev was sentenced to four years in prison.

A jury at the Comanche County Courthouse found Poole guilty of third-degree murder for an abortion last year.


Comanche Nation member Pulao was sentenced on 6 October, after which her lawyer filed a notice with intent to appeal.

Prosecutors found that Poole was using meth and that it was one of several “conditions” that contributed to the miscarriage.

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An autopsy of the woman’s fetus revealed that she tested positive for the recreational drug.

However, there was no evidence that Poole’s use of meth caused miscarriage, said Lynn Paltrow, executive director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW).

Ms Paltrow said other factors, including a congenital abnormality and placental abruption, a complication where the placenta separates from the womb, can cause a miscarriage.

The advocacy group said the state’s homicide and manslaughter laws do not apply to those who have an abortion before 20 weeks.

“And, even if the latter applies for damages, Oklahoma law prohibits prosecuting the unborn child’s mother unless she committed a crime that caused the death of the unborn child,” the statement said.

“Ms. Poolaw’s case is a tragedy. She has suffered the trauma of loss of pregnancy, has been jailed for a year and a half during an epidemic, and has been charged and convicted of a crime without the basis of law or science.” Gaya. “

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that the fetus usually does not have a chance to survive outside the womb until at least 24 weeks of gestation.

Women under 35 have a 15% chance of having a miscarriage.

Such lawsuits against women who have lost their pregnancies have become more common in recent years.

According to a study by NAPW, there have been 413 such criminal prosecutions between 1973 and 2005.

Data from 2006 to 2020 shows that there have been 1,250 similar cases.

“That’s why we’re looking at three times as many cases in less than half the time in this first study,” said Dana Sussman, deputy executive director of NAPW.

“It’s more common than I think most people will ever believe or understand.”

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