Murder Charges Dropped Against Georgia Woman Facing Jail For Taking Pill That Allegedly Killed Fetus
Kenlissia Jones was arrested and charged with malice murder under Georgia’s so-called ‘feticide’ law after giving birth on the way to the hospital to a fetus that later died.
Now, prosecutors have come to their senses and dropped the charges.
Legal experts say prosecuting Jones would fly in the face of Georgia state and case law, the Wall Street Journal reports. State law forbids prosecuting women for feticide in association with their own pregnancies, attorney and women’s advocate Lynn Paltrow told the Journal. And a precedent-setting case determined a teen who shot herself in the abdomen while pregnant, resulting in a stillbirth, couldn’t be prosecuted for performing an illegal abortion. Prosecutors dropped the case.
“I have been involved in the pro-life movement for well over 20 years, and I’m not aware of a situation like this ever,” Genevieve Wilson, a director of the anti-abortion group Georgia Right to Life, told Talking Points Memo. “I’m very surprised by it.”
District Attorney Greg Edwards told WALB he has never seen a case like this, but Tuesday evening remarked, “as of right now she’s still charged.