Intervene to save 15-year old Rennie Gibbs from life in prison.
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Rennie Gibbs became pregnant aged 15, but lost the baby in December 2006 in a stillbirth when she was 36 weeks into the pregnancy. When prosecutors discovered that she had a cocaine habit – though there is no evidence that drug abuse had anything to do with the baby's death – they charged her with the "depraved-heart murder" of her child, which carries a mandatory life sentence. Gibbs is the first woman in Mississippi to be charged with murder relating to the loss of her unborn baby.
A 15-year old should never be put in prison for life to begin with, let alone for miscarrying. That in itself is a traumatic experience in it's own right. The last thing she deserves is to be put in a cage, even if the link between her cocaine use and her failed pregnancy were proven (it hasn't been).
If Mississippi is going to prosecute and otherwise attempt to ruin the life of a teenager under such circumstances, then clearly the Federal Government needs to do everything in it's power to intervene and snuff out this incredibly backwards case.
Release Gibbs NOW!!!
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