Alabamian woman who was indicted after an abortion will not be prosecuted
The jury initially charged Marsha Jones with manslaughter after being shot which caused her to abort, sparking national outrage.
A week after her story drew national attention, the Alabama County Attorney announced on Wednesday that Marshae Jones, an Alabama woman who faced criminal charges after being shot and aborting, will not be prosecuted.
"Having examined the facts of this case and the applicable state law, I have decided that it is not in the interest of justice to pursue Ms. Jones' trial for manslaughter that the grand jury has ordered on the charge of manslaughter." Jefferson County District Attorney Lynneice Washington told a news conference. "So I reject this case and no further legal action will be taken against Ms. Jones in this regard."
Recently, the Washington office has faced intense criticism because of the indictment of Ms. Jones, and Jones's lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss the case.
"There are no winners, only losers in this sad ordeal," Washington mentioned.
At the end of June, Alabama media reported that Jones, a 27-year-old resident of Birmingham, had been held in police custody after a grand jury charged her with manslaughter for the death of her 5-month-old fetus. Police said Jones had started a battle with Ebony Jemison, 23, in December and was directly responsible for the fact that Jemison fired a bullet that hit Jones in the stomach.
According to a report from the ai.com, police initially accused Jemison of manslaughter in the shooting. But the jury refused to charge her, saying Jones had started the fight and that Jemison was acting in self-defense when she shot Jones. The jury later told Jones that she "intentionally caused the death of her unborn child by starting a battle knowing she was pregnant in her fifth month."
Local police blamed Jones for the shooting. "Let's not forget that the unborn child is the victim here," said Lieutenant Danny Reid shortly after the shooting. "She had no choice but to fight an unnecessary battle where she relied on her mother for protection."
The indictment was strongly criticized and immediately raised questions about why the woman who was shot was indicted. Reproductive rights advocates argued that the Jones story was a disturbing example of ways to criminalize pregnant pregnant women in states such as Alabama, which have prosecuted hundreds of women for such things as "chemical hazard" during pregnancy. These groups argued that many pregnant women in the state could be punished following a recent law banning most abortions in Alabama. The law is due to go into effect in November.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Jones' lawyers said they were pleased that the charges had been rejected and that the district attorney "chose not to proceed with an issue that was neither reasonable nor fair."
”With the dismissal of charges, the community of support that surrounded Marshae can now channel its immense passion and energy toward ensuring that what happened to Marshae won’t ever happen again,” they added.