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    Charged With Murder for a Miscarriage

    A woman survived kidnapping, rape, and savage beatings—but her unborn child did not. Now Oklahoma City police are calling the death a homicide, and her missing ex is wanted for murder.

    The woman was six weeks pregnant when her ex-boyfriend allegedly locked her in a room for three days without food and repeatedly raped and sodomized her while savagely beating her with his fists, a hard-soled sandal, and the buckle end of a belt.

    “Beaten to the point she was almost unrecognizable by her family,” says a June 16 affidavit filed by the Oklahoma City police. “[The woman] had both eyes swollen shut, severe bruising all over her body, severe trauma in her vagina, and numerous deep cuts from the belt buckle.”

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    Manslaughter for Miscarriages?

    Mississippi to rule on bringing charges against some women who lose pregnancies.

    Two months after giving birth to a stillborn baby girl, Nina Buckhalter was indicted for manslaughter because she was found to have methamphetamine in her system. If prosecuted, Mississippi officials could set a “dangerous precedent” that “unintentional pregnancy loss can be treated as a form of homicide,” said one of Buckhalter’s lawyers. But experts say that the cause of any miscarriage or stillbirth is hard to pinpoint. Some fear that it could cause women, especially those with drug addictions, to seek out more abortions. This case raises the question: even though no one should be using drugs while pregnant, what are the boundaries—especially when underlying health conditions and even simple foods like lunch meats are discouraged during pregnancy?

    Read it at Mother Jones