Pregnant Woman Shot In The Stomach Charged Over Unborn Baby's Death

A woman from Alabama who suffered a miscarriage after being shot has been charged with the manslaughter of her unborn child.

The case has outraged abortion rights advocates around the United States.

Marshae Jones, 27, was arrested six months after being shot in the stomach during an altercation with another woman outside a shopping centre in Birmingham, Alabama.

According to the grand jury indictment, Jones "intentionally caused the death of her unborn baby by initiating a fight knowing she was five months pregnant," concluding it was "caused in a sudden heat of passion."

The shooter, Ebony Jemison, 23, was found to have acted in self-defence when she pulled out the gun. Manslaughter charges against her have since been dropped.

Marshae Jones. Photo: Jefferson County Jail

The case has quickly become a lightning rod for pro-abortion rights activists.

One abortion advocacy group which helped raise Jone's $50,000 bail posted, "losing a pregnancy is not a crime."

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Alabama recently passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country and some see Jones' case as a new attack on women.

Activists say this is a slippery slope and question if a pregnant woman is seen drinking or not practising proper prenatal care, will she be arrested.

Meanwhile, family members say Jones did not start the fight and losing her baby has been punishment enough.