Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mike Pence: Purvi Patel edition

That unctuous creep Mike Pence said last night:
"No it's really not," Pence said. "Donald Trump and I would never support legislation that punished women who made the heartbreaking choice to end a pregnancy. We just never would."
Bullshit. Perhaps you remember Purvi Patel? She's the woman your state, under your watch, had prosecuted for an abortion, and in fact had been sentenced to 20 years, until a court of appeals called foul.
 An Indiana woman whose feticide conviction for a self-induced abortion was overturned in July walked out of prison Thursday, a day after a judge resentenced her to less time than she had already served and ordered her immediate release.
Purvi Patel, 35, was with relatives when she left the Indiana Women’s Prison in Indianapolis about 10 a.m., said Indiana Department of Correction spokesman Doug Garrison.
Her attorney, Lawrence Marshall, said Patel is “very, very joyful that this day has come,” but that she now needs privacy so that she can focus on rebuilding her life.
“For right now, she needs to recover from what is obviously a traumatic several years,” said Marshall, a Stanford University law professor. “She has to take her life and try to make something meaningful out of all the wreckage that got her here.”
Patel was convicted in 2015 of killing her premature infant by taking abortion-inducing drugs and sentenced to 20 years in prison. She appealed her feticide and child neglect convictions and the Indiana Court of Appeals vacated both convictions in July, finding that the state’s feticide law wasn’t meant to be used to prosecute women for their own abortions.
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But attorneys for the state argued that the feticide law could apply to a pregnant woman and not just “third-party actors.”
The appeals court disagreed, saying that since the law was passed in 1979 it had only been used to prosecute those who attacked pregnant women.
Women’s advocacy groups argued that Patel’s arrest marked the first time in Indiana that the state’s feticide law was used against a woman because of an alleged self-induced abortion. [my bolding]
Whose state was this? Mike Pence's state. Did he speak out against the conviction and imprisoning of Patel? Did he condemn this punishment of a woman for taking an abortifacient?

I think you can guess the answer to that. It's 'no'.

(update) At Vox, Emily Crockett concurs.

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