Indiana Sentences Purvi Patel To 30 Years In Prison For A Miscarriage

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Have you been wondering why Vice has gotten so good lately? It might be due in part to Ellis Jones, its new female editor-in-chief (not to mention COO and former White House staffer, Alyssa Mastromonaco) who’s recruiting top women from all over new journalism to cover more than the fashion and dick jokes that originally characterized the magazine. Read this profile to see what she wants for Vice’s future. [New York Magazine]

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Indiana resident Purvi Patel has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on a count of feticide after she miscarried a fetus. The pregnancy was a result of an affair with a coworker, and Patel said that when she miscarried, she panicked and threw the stillborn fetus in a dumpster instead of going to the hospital because she was afraid of her conservative family’s judgment. She sought medical help later, which led to her arrest. Prosecutors claimed that she neglected a living child even though the fetus died within seconds of birth, and also that Patel took abortion-inducing drugs to end the pregnancy, even though a toxicology report showed no evidence of such drugs. Reproductive rights activists worry that sentences such as Patel’s will lead low-income pregnant women who are in medical danger to avoid medical help of any kind, regardless of their circumstances. [NBC News]

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Jamie Dornan revealed in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that he stalked a woman for research on his stalker-serial killer character on The Fall. In the interview, he relates it to method acting, but this raises the question of whether it’s all right to victimize someone in the name of character research (my thoughts: No). As Jill Pantozzi points out, it also demonstrates just how normalized this sort of predatory behavior has become. Dornan equivocates in the interview about whether it was a morally right thing to do, but comes off as excusing of his behavior. [The Mary Sue]

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Cards Against Humanity launched a science-themed expansion pack, the proceeds of which will go toward a scholarship for women in STEM fields. Co-founder Josh Dillon says: “Women are underrepresented in science, tech, engineering, and math, and we felt like the funding from this pack could have the greatest impact by making it possible for more women to get an education in those fields, and by giving them a platform to share their work and their passion for science.” [Geeks Are Sexy]


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