Protect Pregnant Women: Free Bei Bei!
  • Petitioning Terry Curry

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Marion County Prosecutor
Terry Curry
Attorney General
Gregory F. Zoeller
Indiana-07
Rep. Andre Carson

Protect Pregnant Women: Free Bei Bei!

    1. Brooke Beloso
    2. Petition by

      Brooke Beloso

      Indianapolis, IN

Bei Bei Shuai came to Indiana from China in search of a better life. She learned English, began growing a restaurant business, and met a fellow immigrant with whom she planned to build a family.

When she was 33 weeks pregnant, that better life began to unravel. The father -- who was separated from his wife, had told Bei Bei he loved her, and promised to help raise the child --  blindsided her by telling her he no longer loved her and announcing he was moving back to another state. Distraught, humiliated, and thousands of miles away from her parents and other family, Bei Bei tried to end her life on Christmas Eve.

Luckily, a friend found her and rushed her to the hospital. There, Bei Bei followed all of the doctor’s instructions to save her baby, including taking several rounds of medication and agreeing to an emergency cesarean surgery. Bei Bei named the baby Angel, and sat holding her daughter’s hand as soon as doctors would let her out of bed.

Then tragedy struck again. Doctors informed Bei Bei that Angel would not survive and needed to be taken off life support. She was so devastated she had to be sedated.

Bei Bei should have been allowed to grieve, heal, and begin to rebuild her life. But shortly after she left the hospital, she was charged with murder under an Indiana law intended to punish third parties who attack pregnant women and cause them to lose their pregnancies. She spent over a year in jail and is now awaiting trial on bail. 

Bei Bei is not a criminal. I teach Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies at Butler University in Indianapolis and I reached out to Bei Bei when I heard about her story. The woman I’ve come to know is a kind, shy soul who has struggled to overcome the mental health issues that led to her suicide attempt.

Terry Curry, Marion County Prosecutor, seems to be the only person in the state who wants to try Bei Bei with murder and he is the only person with the power to do so. Even the legislators who wrote the law being used against her say it was never intended to be applied to pregnant women. If Bei Bei is convicted it not only ruins any chance she might have to rebuild her life but sets a dangerous legal double standard for pregnant women suffering from mental health issues. Moreover, it would establish a basis for investigating and possibly arresting every pregnant woman who experiences a pregnancy loss or disagrees with her doctor’s advice.

This will not help pregnant women and babies. In fact, it will hurt them, as pregnant women who need help will be afraid to ask for it, lest they be arrested, surveilled, and harassed like Bei Bei Shuai.

Please join me in asking Terry Curry to drop the murder charges against Bei Bei Shuai, and allow a grieving woman to begin putting her life back together.

 

For more information and to donate to Bei Bei’s legal defense fund, please visit: www.freebeibei.org

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    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. Indiana's Gift to Mothers: Murder Charges for Miscarriages

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Within days of Mothers Day, the Indiana Supreme Court denied Bei Bei Shuai’s motion for
      transfer. In so doing, they upheld the ruling of a mid-level appellate court, which says that
      feticide and fetal murder laws, intended to punish people who hurt...

    3. Bei Bei Shuai: Released on bail but still not free. Support still needed!

      Brooke Beloso
      Petition organiser

      Ms. Shuai is finally out of jail and the cage she was kept in for over a year but make no mistake - she is far from free. Her release from the Marion County jail required raising and posting a $5,000 bond -- half of which will never be returned. Ms. Shuai must also wear an electronic monitor which she must pay $12 a day for as part of her release from incarceration. She is not free of the serious criminal charges, the trauma of being incarcerated, and the burden of being a prisoner of the war on women. Ms. Shuai now faces a trial for attempted feticide and the murder of a viable fetus. She and her lawyers must find a way to fund a trial that could cost hunderds of thousands of dollars. Justice demands that the State of Indiana put an end to this misuse of the law and abuse of Ms. Shuai and drop the charges that should never have been filed in the first place.

    4. Reached 5,000 signatures
    5. Indiana Court of Appeals Declined to Drop Murder and Feticide Charges

      Brooke Beloso
      Petition organiser

      The Indiana Supreme Court let stand a Court of Appeals decision that tells mothers that if they experience a pregnancy loss they can be charged with the crimes of feticide and murder. There is no question that the Indiana legislature passed its feticide laws to respond to third party attacks on pregnant women and not to criminalize a suicide attempt by a pregnant woman, or create criminal penalties for pregnant women who suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.
      In the only bit of good news, the Court of Appeals decision unanimously held that Ms. Shuai is entitled to bail. At the same time, however, two of the three justices held that the feticide and murder statutes may be applied to pregnant women who suffer pregnancy losses.
      Help NAPW expose the lies and deceit of the organizations that put feticide laws on the books with the promise that they would be used to protect pregnant women from third party attacks and now are silent as they are used to attack pregnant women. Please share!

    6. Reached 4,000 signatures

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    • Rachel Curtis MCKINLEYVILLE, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      The baby dying is not her fault. Why would someone do that to her?

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    • DIANA SIENKIEWICZ DANIA BEACH, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      pass this

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    • Olivia Shipp SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      It is wrong for a woman or any one to be charged for something that is out of their control such as this! Free Bei Bei

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    • Tina Milerlei LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
      • 2 months ago

      This is unjust. Bei Bei should be let free.

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    • Curtis Williams PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 2 months ago

      what the fuck is wrong with this dude? put him in jail

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