NewsPublic Affairs / July 22, 2016

Appeals Court Tosses Feticide Conviction in Indiana Woman's Case

Appeals Court Tosses Feticide Conviction in Indiana Woman's Case

Purvi Patel is currently serving 20 years of a 46-year prison sentence at the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis. She was the first woman to be convicted under Indiana's feticide law for ending her own pregnancy. The Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned that conviction.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned the feticide conviction of a woman found guilty of killing the premature infant she delivered after ingesting abortion-inducing drugs.

The ruling issued Friday comes in the case of Purvi Patel, who was convicted of neglect and feticide last year. However, the court upheld a lower-level felony neglect of a dependent conviction.

Patel was 35 when she delivered the infant at her home in Granger in 2013.

Women's advocacy groups say the case marked the first time a state feticide law was used against a woman because of an alleged self-induced abortion.

Patel's attorneys say the feticide laws prosecutors used don't apply to Patel's alleged actions.

State lawyers argued that Patel's infant was just beyond the threshold of viability and took at least one breath before dying.

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