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.