Wednesday 17th January 2018,

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WNDU: Appeal Gets Underway Tomorrow for Indian American Woman Convicted in Death of Baby

posted by Randall
Purvi Patel

Purvi Patel being lead away in handcuffs

An appeal will be heard Monday in Indiana for an Indian American woman, the first to be convicted under feticide laws.

A jury convicted Purvi Patel to a 20 year prison term for terminating her pregnancy.

She was accused of taking an abortion drug to end a secret pregnancy that resulted from an affair with a married man, then dumping the body in a dumpster.

The defense will argue there is no evidence the baby was alive at birth and that Patel had no reason to believe the child could be saved.

They also argue that the conviction was an improper interpretation of the Feticide Statute.

The trial is expected to last seven days, but a decision is not expected immediately.


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