NAPW Client Supports California Bill to Stop Pregnancy Loss Criminalization

NAPW Staff Attorney Samantha Lee testified in support of a California bill that will ensure that no one in the State of California will be prosecuted for ending a pregnancy or experiencing pregnancy loss. In her testimony, Ms. Lee shared a statement from NAPW's client, Chelsea Becker, who was charged with murder for experiencing a stillbirth in Kings County, California.

Chelsea Becker Is Released On Her Own Recognizance, But Not Yet Free

On March 9, 2021, Kings County Superior Court Judge Robert Shane Burns granted Chelsea Becker’s request to be released on her own recognizance so that she can enter a residential treatment facility, but her legal fight continues.

In 2019, Ms. Becker experienced a stillbirth, which Kings County District Attorney Keith L. Fagundes claims, without scientific basis, was caused by methamphetamine use.

NAPW Statement: The Fight to Free Chelsea Becker Continues: How the San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press, New York Post, and Other Media Outlets Got It Wrong

On December 24, 2020, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article that included incorrect and dangerously misleading information about a recent California Supreme Court order in Chelsea Becker’s case. The article erroneously reported, “Court refuses to bar woman’s murder prosecution for death of fetus, a loss for Becerra.

ACTIVIST UPDATE: NAPW and Justice Ginsburg’s unfinished work

Dear Friends and Allies,

I learned that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died when Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum announced this loss at the end of Rosh Hashanah high holiday services at CBST. My wife and I “attended” services by zoom. Like most of you reading this email, we were devastated, not only by the loss of this extraordinary woman, but also by the new threat to the survival of our constitutional democracy now that there is the possibility of another Trump appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

NAPW News Release: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Concludes that Experiencing a Stillbirth is Not the Same as Murder and Supports Court Petition to Free Chelsea Becker

Chelsea Becker remains in Kings County jail charged with murder under California Penal Code §187 for having a stillbirth

On Friday, August 7, 2020, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief stating that California Penal Code §187 does not authorize prosecutors to treat pregnancy losses as crimes of murder, and called for the criminal charges against Chelsea Becker to be dropped.

California v. Chelsea Becker: Petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus and of Prohibition, California’s Fifth District Court of Appeal

Download the Petition for Writ of Prohibition July 2020

Download the Renewed Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

Download Exhibits in Support of Petition for Writ of Prohibition July 2020

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