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US woman freed after court overturns 20 year sentence for causing death of her unborn baby

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4861 (Published 07 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4861
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

A US woman, Purvi Patel, sentenced last year to 20 years in prison for using abortion drugs procured on the internet to end her pregnancy, has been freed after a court sentenced her to time already served on a lesser charge of neglect of a dependant.

Patel’s trial under Indiana’s feticide laws drew outrage from women’s groups who argued that state feticide legislation was never intended to be used against pregnant women, only against third parties …

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