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US woman convicted of homicide over miscarriage

Rights’ organizations and the people of Oklahoma, US, are fumed over a young native American woman over her conviction of manslaughter following a miscarriage.

Brittney Poolaw was pregnant for nearly four months when she had to face the death of her baby in a hospital in January last year.

The court attributes several contributing factors to the death of her unborn son, including her admission to using illicit drugs while being pregnant. Ultrasound and other medical reports have also found that her son’s liver and brain have held traces of methamphetamine, a powerful and highly addictive stimulant that hits the central nervous system of those who are habitual of using it.

The 21-year-old was convicted and sentenced to four years in jail for the first-degree homicide of her unborn son.

Her conviction has sparked a debate online and some relate the incident for the current month being observed as the pregnancy loss awareness month in the US.

In a report, the National Advocates of Pregnant Women, a pro-choice advocacy group, said that it has registered 1,600 cases with nearly 1,200 happening in the past 15 years alone.

But some accused women who were arrested for incidents like falling down, or giving birth to their children at home, a large majority involved drugs while the women of colour were disproportionally in large numbers.

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