A MUM who miscarried her baby after she was shot five times in the abdomen has been charged with manslaughter – while the love rival who riddled her with bullets faces no action.
Cops in US state Alabama claim Marshae Jones, 27, endangered her unborn child by starting the fight that landed her in hospital.
The case has infuriated abortion campaigners after Alabama outlawed virtually all terminations – even in cases of rape or incest.
Five-months’ pregnant Marshae was taken to hospital after Ebony Jemison, 23, shot her in a feud over the baby’s father, police said.
Doctors saved her but her unborn daughter died.
Police initially charged Ebony with manslaughter after the shooting outside a Dollar General budget shop on December 4.
But when a grand jury failed to indict her, the charge was dismissed.
Now police have brought charges against Marshae – claiming she started the fight and Ebony shot her in self-defence.
They allege her actions led to the death of her unborn baby – who was the “only true victim” in last year’s shooting.
It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby.
Pleasant Grove police Lt. Danny Reid
Pleasant Grove police Lt Danny Reid said the five-month-old foetus “depended” on her mother to “keep it from harm and she shouldn’t seek out unnecessary physical altercations.”
He said: “The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby.
“It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby.”
And he added: “Let’s not lose sight that the unborn baby is the victim here.
“She had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection.”
Marshae’s arrest yesterday has caused “outrage” in Jefferson County and beyond, reports Al.com.
The Yellowhammer Fund, which helps women access abortion services, said it will fight to free her.
Executive director Amanda Reyes added: “The state of Alabama has proven yet again that the moment a person becomes pregnant their sole responsibility is to produce a live, healthy baby and that it considers any action a pregnant person takes that might impede in that live birth to be a criminal act.
“Today Marshae Jones is being charged with manslaughter for being pregnant and getting shot in the stomach while engaging in an altercation with a person who had a gun.
“Tomorrow, it will be another black woman, maybe for having a drink while pregnant.
“And after that, another, for not obtaining adequate prenatal care.”
Alabama’s restrictive new law effectively banning abortions caused worldwide fury last month.
It will make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy – even in cases of rape or incest – punishable by up to 99 years in jail.
The only exception would be when the woman’s health is at serious risk.
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Supporters of the laws say life is sacred, but abortion-rights activists say they rob women of control over their bodies.
The state laws are aimed at provoking a US Supreme Court review of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that recognised a woman’s constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy.
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Pro-choice supporters gathered outside during the historic vote in Alabama in May 2019[/caption]