An Alabama district attorney dismissed all charges against a mother who was charged with manslaughter following a shooting that resulted in her unborn child’s death. Jones’ attorney Mark White said in a statement that the case was “neither reasonable nor just.”
In regards to her decision to dismiss, Jefferson County District Attorney Lynneice Washington said, “The members of the grand jury took to heart that the life of an unborn child was violently ended and believed someone should be held accountable. But in the interests of all concerned, we are not prosecuting the case.”
The case highlights the ongoing issue of legal “fetal personhood.” This concept treats unborn children as individuals with Constitutional protection. Alabama is one out of almost 40 states where charges can be filed when a fetus dies under a fetal homicide law.