An Indianapolis woman is being prosecuted for murder after an attempted suicide caused a miscarriage:
David Rimstidt, chief deputy to Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, said the case was unique but the charges were appropriate given the facts.
Shuai admitted to ingesting rat poison during the late stages of her pregnancy in December. Friends took her to a hospital to get help.
Shuai gave birth to a daughter, Angel, who was put on life support but eventually was removed because doctors determined they couldn't help her. Angel died Jan. 3.
Shuai was arrested Monday and is being held without bond.
There's so much wrong with this, but this is the logical result of a regime that sees the life of a fetus as more valuable than that of a woman and suicide as a choice people make because they're either stupid or selfish.
I don't see much justice in prosecuting this woman. Then again, I'm one of those strange people who believes that the criminal justice system should be one of many tools that society uses to make everyone's quality of life better, not a mechanism that punishes people haphazardly for breaking sacred, unquestionable rules. This woman needs help, not jail time, but there are still people walking around on this planet who think that prison is a cure-all for all society's ailments.
We still live in a society where prostitutes are prosecuted under the rubric of "help," where teens are prosecuted and forced to register as sex offenders if they take naked pictures of themselves because otherwise how are they going to learn the potentially embarrassing consequences of sexting, where men seeking some love in all the wrong places have their names, addresses, and pictures published in the local paper to keep them from being sinful, where people who are HIV positive are sent to prison in order to control the spread of the disease, and where drug abusers are given prison time as if that'll cure them of addiction.
Prisons don't solve all our problems. In fact, they create quite a few problems. Perhaps we could learn to use them more sparingly?