If you follow National Advocates for Pregnant Women on Facebook and Twitter, you already know that Katha Pollitt has written an important article for The Nation magazine: Protect Pregnant Women: Free Bei Bei Shuai.

We hope you will read the article and take action: Please sign this petition demanding Ms. Shuai’s freedom.

We are very pleased that this important story is being told by one of the country’s leading journalists and told at this time. Today marks the one-year anniversary of Bei Bei Shuai’s unprecedented and inhumane incarceration for having experienced such a profound sense of depression while pregnant that she attempted to kill herself.

Although she did everything she could to ensure that her baby survived, including undergoing cesarean surgery, her newborn died shortly after birth. Ms. Shuai was arrested, charged, and has been held without bail based on the claim that Indiana’s murder statute (with the death penalty or a sentence of 45 years to life) and attempted feticide statute (with a sentence of up to 20 years) may be used to punish pregnant women who cannot guarantee a healthy birth outcome.

With help from friends like you, National Advocates for Pregnant Women is doing everything we can to help defend Bei Bei Shuai and other women just like her.  Unfortunately, in spite of our efforts so far, a mid level appellate court in a 2-3 ruling refused to dismiss the charges against Ms. Shuai. This is so even though more than 80 leading medical, public health, and health advocacy organizations and experts joined amicus (friend of the court) briefs supporting Ms. Shuai. NAPW, with the Indiana firm of Pence Hensel LLP, is now seeking review in the Indiana Supreme Court. At the same time, we continue to hope that Indiana comes to its senses and simply drops the charges.

We hope that you will sign the petition  and make it your mission to get thousands of other people to do so as well. In short, the petition says: Unless it is your intention to make clear that in Indiana the “Pro-Life” position is “Pro-Life-Sentences-For Pregnant-Women” position, we urge to you drop all charges and Free Bei Bei Shuai now.

Those who support abortion re-criminalization laws, fetal-murder laws, and so-called “personhood” measures claim that only abortion providers, and not pregnant women, will be arrested. Sign the petition and let them know the truth is finally coming out. We know how long women will serve: Life.

Updates regarding the case are posted regularly @FreeBeiBei Twitter feed. You can also learn more by following NAPW on Facebook and Twitter, and by checking out the Free Bei Bei Shuai Facebook page established by grassroots activists.


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