California AG: Murder charges inappropriate in stillborn cases — even when woman contributes to baby’s death

California Attorney General Rob Bonta advised Thursday that murder charges aren’t warranted for women who have stillborn babies – even in cases where the woman’s actions contributed to the death.

“It’s an experience that should be met with an outreached hand, not handcuffs and murder charges,” Bonta said of women who go through a stillbirth.

His online news conference was prompted by the California Future of Abortion Council, a group of abortion providers and advocacy groups, who asked Bonta to interpret state law.

Bonta said murder charges in a fetus death should be brought only against those whose violence against the mother causes the loss of the baby but shouldn’t include any actions the woman takes herself.

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