After two and a half years, Bei Bei Shuai - an Indiana woman who was charged with feticide and murder for attempting suicide while pregnant - is finally free: free from a looming murder trial, free from the electronic GPS shackle that has tracked her every move since her release on bail from the Marion County Jail, and free from an unjust and legally unauthorized prosecution.
On Wednesday evening June 26, 2013, approximately 50 people attended an Indianapolis forum sponsored by a dozen local and national organizations.
The forum, Suicide & Mental Health: Should Pregnant Women Be Treated Differently?, sparked a compelling op-ed by Professor Terry Jett in the Indianapolis Star, “Bei Bei Shuai was vulnerable and pregnant, but not a criminal,” and an article about the event and one of its organizers, “Bei Bei Shuai case leads Butler professor to hold forum on pregnancy and suicide.
On April 6, 2013, more than 100 people rallied in Indianapolis, Indiana in support of Bei Bei Shuai and against separate and unequal law for pregnant women.
Bei Bei Shuai - Out of Jail and Refusing to Give In
July 20, 2012
On Friday of last week, Bei Bei Shuai once again demonstrated her enormous courage. Ms. Shuai turned down a plea bargain - an offer from the prosecutor in which the state would drop the murder charge if she would plead guilty to the lesser crime of attempted feticide.
Indiana's Gift to Mothers: Murder Charges for Miscarriages
June 07, 2012
This case is not just about one woman. Legal cases set precedent for everyone.
Within days of Mothers Day, the Indiana Supreme Court denied Bei Bei Shuai’s motion for transfer.
Devastating Decision in Indiana: Pregnancy Losses May Be Treated as Murder
May 16, 2012
Just in time for Mother's Day, the Indiana Supreme Court let stand a Court of Appeals decision that tells mothers that if they experience a pregnancy loss they can be charged with the crimes of feticide and murder.
March 14, 2012
Briefs Filed in the Indiana Supreme Court
List of Amicus on all briefs
Petition to Transfer
Brief of Amici by Indiana National Organization for Women
Brief of Amicus Curiae of Postpartum Support International et al.
Brief of Amicus Curiae of Legal Voice, et al.
As NAPW’s newest commentary in RH Reality Check and the Huffington Post makes clear, state laws treating fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses as legally separate from the pregnant women who carry, nurture, and sustain them creates the basis for denying pregnant women their personhood and their right to be treated like other human beings.