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California bill aims to stop pregnancy loss prosecutions

California Abortion
Posted at 6:10 AM, Apr 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-20 09:10:15-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have advanced a bill that would strengthen laws preventing prosecution of pregnant people for pregnancy loss.

California already has laws preventing these types of prosecutions. But a bill that passed the Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday would let women sue prosecutors for erroneously charging them with crimes related to pregnancy losses.

The bill comes after a California woman spent four years in prison for the death of her stillborn child after prosecutors accused her of using drugs during her pregnancy.

A judge recently overturned Adora Perez's sentence for a manslaughter plea. But a murder charge against her is still pending.