Women’s Health: Are Pregnant Women’s Rights at Risk?

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By Helen Coster

 

If an expectant mother survives a suicide attempt but her fetus doesn’t, is it murder? That question is at the center of a controversial court case that could impact women nationwide.

BEI BEI SHUAI was 33 weeks pregnant in December 2010 when she learned that her boyfriend, Zhiliang Guan, had no interest in marrying her — and planned to return to his wife and two kids. Distraught, the then-34-year-old Chinese immigrant, who worked with Guan at a restaurant in Indianapolis, wrote a letter telling him that she was killing herself and taking the baby with her. She then swallowed rat poison, lay down in her apartment, and waited to die.

But Shuai’s dose wasn’t lethal enough to kill her, and hours later she drove to the home of a friend, who took her to the hospital. Doctors filled Shuai’s stomach with charcoal and vitamin K to…

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