"Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old Indian-American woman, is sitting in an Indiana prison serving a 20-year sentence for fetal homicide. Last spring, she became the first woman in the country to be imprisoned on that charge for allegedly ending her own pregnancy, which prosecutors said she did by taking illegal abortion pills (though no drugs were found in her system). But Patel isn’t the first woman to be prosecuted. In 2011, Bei Bei Shuai, a Chinese immigrant, attempted suicide and lost her pregnancy in the process. She also was charged under Indiana’s feticide law, but pled guilty to a lesser charge.
It’s no coincidence that both of these women are of Asian descent. Across the country, Asian American women’s reproductive rights are being challenged and their family-planning decisions are being policed based on racial stereotypes held by anti-choice activists and officials."
Read article by Miriam Yeung from The Washington Post.