On Tuesday (February 6), Rewire reported the story of Latice Fisher, a 32-year-old Black woman living in Mississippi, who was charged with second-degree murder after a home birth in April 2017. The baby was pronounced dead upon arriving at the local medical center. Per Rewire:

A grand jury on January 5 indicted Fisher on a second-degree murder charge. She was arraigned on Wednesday and bail was set at $100,000. If found guilty, she could face 20 to 40 years, or life, in prison. Fisher has pleaded not guilty.

Advocates like Laurie Bertram Roberts, co-founder of Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund (MRFF), fear that Fisher’s case is just the latest evidence of a trend of criminalizing women of color for the outcomes of their pregnancies.

“What’s happening to Mrs. Fisher and her family is the latest in a line of women of color having their pregnancies and specifically pregnancy loss criminalized,” Bertram Roberts told Rewire. “It’s a disturbing trend. Given what has been made public, I can see no crime here, only loss.”

In the last 12 years, two other women were charged following stillbirths in Mississippi. In both cases, the charges were eventually dismissed.

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