An Alabama woman whose fetus died after she was shot in a fight has been charged with manslaughter, while the woman accused of shooting her has been freed.
AL.com reports 27-year-old Marshae Jones was indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday. She was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December altercation regarding the fetus’s father.
Jemison was initially charged with manslaughter, but the same grand jury declined to indict her after police said an investigation determined Jones started the fight, and Jemison ultimately fired the fatal shot in self-defense.
Pleasant Grove police Lt. Danny Reid said “the only true victim” was the fetus, who was unnecessarily brought into a fight and was “dependent on its mother to try to keep it from harm.”
Advocates for women’s rights expressed outrage.
“The state of Alabama has proven yet again that the moment a person becomes pregnant their sole responsibility is to produce a live, healthy baby and that it considers any action a pregnant person takes that might impede in that live birth to be a criminal act,” said Amanda Reyes, who directs the Yellowhammer Fund. The organization is a member of the National Network of Abortion Funds, which aims to help women access abortion services.
Okay I have got to chime in on this. So the mother got into a fight with another female and because she was pregnant and actually started the fight she was found guilty of murdering her unborn child. Did I get that right? So, right now I am thinking about the statement that after a woman gets pregnant, that she is expected to produce a live healthy baby. Well in a sense to me that goes without saying. Of course in my opinion, if a woman gets pregnant I expect her to actually take care of the baby and nurture the unborn baby until it’s time to deliver. But I do understand that many people no matter what they do, can have a miscarriage. I once got into a fight with someone when I was pregnant, I did not start the fight and I was basically having to defend myself during the altercation. But I never would have thought of me actually starting a fight while being pregnant and putting my unborn child In Harm’s Way to come back to haunt me. I never thought about that. Have you? I did not even know that was a thing. Because in my opinion the woman who shot the young lady in the story should be guilty of killing The Unborn. But because of the fact that Mom started it or the expectant mother started the fight that’s why she’s being charged in the death of her child. Wow, that is a huge pill to swallow.