Ohio Woman Faces Felony Charges after Miscarriage

(TotalConservative.com) – A woman from Ohio who had a miscarriage at home is now facing felony charges over how she handled the remains of the deceased infant.

Brittany Watts, 33, was hit with felony abuse of a corpse charges, a fifth-degree felony with potential penalties of up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine after she miscarried at home and improperly disposed of the fetal remains by attempting to flush it down the toilet.

Watts had been to the hospital multiple times in the days before the miscarriage and was instructed that her baby would not survive due to a premature break in the amniotic sack. Watts was 21 weeks and 5 days pregnant at the time she was told of the problem, Ohio bans abortions after fetal viability which occurs between the 22nd and 24th week of pregnancy.

There are exceptions in the law for when the life of the mother is at risk as it was in this case.

Hospital staff invoked police and directed them to Watt’s home while she was in the hospital, per reporting by CNN. There was no explanation as to why police were involved. Officers found blood and tissue in a toilet in her home and the dead fetus was ultimately recovered from the toilet.

An autopsy confirmed that the infant had died in the womb due to a lack of amniotic fluid.

Prosecutor Lewis Guarnieri told reporters during last month’s hearing that the charges stemmed from how the remains were handled. He pointed out that Watts miscarried into a toilet with a fetus large enough to clog the toilet and then left it there.

Reproductive rights activists with Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights want the charges dropped. They said they conflict with the “spirit and letter” of Issue 1 which was a referendum held in Ohio to guarantee abortion rights up through viability of the fetus. The issue passed in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and kicking the issue back to the states under the 10th Amendment.

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