Prosectors in Oklahoma successfully argued before a jury earlier this month that a woman who had miscarried was guilty of manslaughter of her non-viable fetus. Photo / Getty
In the United States, a 21-year-old woman has been convicted of first degree manslaughter after miscarriage last year.
Brittney Poolaw of Oklahoma was found guilty of miscarriage in Oklahoma, according to local KSWO news agency Sentenced to four years in prison in 2020.
Last year, according to police, the then 19-year-old Poolaw had a miscarriage at home in early 2020 and was taken to the Comanche County Memorial Hospital with the umbilical cord still attached.
She told police that she was still smoking marijuana and using intravenous meth two days before her miscarriage. Prosecutors blamed Poolaw’s substance abuse for the miscarriage, but the mother’s lawyers, including National Pregnant Women Lawyers, argued that her conviction inconsistent with the law.
« Oklahoma’s murder and manslaughter laws do not apply to miscarriages for which it s I am talking about pregnancy losses that occurred before the 20 advocacy group, in a statement on Wednesday.
Under the law, a mother cannot be prosecuted for causing the death of her unborn child « unless the mother has one Crime committed « that resulted in his death.
The coroner’s report listed the unborn child’s cause of death as intrauterine fetal death from maternal meth use, the Constitution reported.
A toxicological report on the fetus showed that the brain and liver tested positive for meth and amphetamines.
At the trial, a doctor who specializes in women’s reproductive health testified that drugs had an effect on pregnancy, although he said it did may not be the direct cause of death.
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