Advocates for women’s rights are up in arms against authorities after an Alabama woman, who lost her unborn baby after she was shot in a fight, has been charged with manslaughter, while the woman accused of shooting her has been freed.
Marshae Jones,27, who was charged by the Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday, was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December altercation apparently regarding the unborn child’s father.
Initially, Jemison, who fired the shot, was charged with manslaughter, but in a surprise turn of events, the same grand jury declined to indict her after police said an investigation determined Jones started the fight, and Jemison acted in self-defense.
Police said the true victim was the unborn baby who was unnecessarily brought into a fight and was “dependent on its mother to try to keep it from harm.”
Advocates for women’s rights expressed outrage on the matter with Amanda Reyes, who directs the Yellowhammer Fund saying:
“Marshae Jones was indicted for manslaughter for losing a pregnancy after being shot in the abdomen FIVE times. Her shooter remains free. As a reproductive justice fund, we commit ourselves to making sure Marshae is released from jail on bond, assisting with her legal representation, and working to ensure that she gets justice for the multiple attacks that she has endured.”
Other organisation also joined in lambasting the decision by the jury with the National Abortion Federation saying the action was shocking.
“A pregnant woman was shot in the stomach during a fight. She has been indicted for manslaughter,” a statement from NAF read in part.
“This is how people, especially woman of colour, are already being punished and having their pregnancies criminalized.”