As clinics close and self-managed abortion becomes more common, a first-of-its-kind fund will step in where people are facing prosecution for inducing their own abortions.
Purvi Patel is serving 20 years after she was charged with feticide—a law created to protect pregnant women from third party violence, not to control abortion, her lawyers argue.
The laws once used to protect pregnant women are now being used to prosecute them.
Anti-abortion measures are putting women are at risk of being charged with crimes against their fetuses, and rogue prosecutors can use their wide discretion to prosecute mothers with crimes beyond feticide or child abuse.
Advocates say the case of Purvi Patel sets a dangerous precedent for American women who seek support and medical care for unwanted pregnancies and miscarriages.