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Indian American Purvi Patel’s case could prove pivotal for reproductive rights of women

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Purvi Patel shortly after her arrest

Purvi Patel shortly after her arrest

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Diya TV) — Purvi Patel, an Indian-American woman who was recently sentenced to a 20-year prison sentence for feticide, is appealing the conviction, and the case is being watched closely by activists and experts alike who believe the judgement could set a new precedent in reproductive rights and the criminalization of abortion.

The appeal will be heard on May 23.

In March of last year, Patel became the first woman in the U.S. to be convicted and sentenced for committing feticide, after she ended her own pregnancy. Patel claimed innocence against the charge, saying she had in fact had a miscarriage. When she arrived at the hospital bleeding, her doctor contacted the authorities.

Patel was charged with feticide, inducing an abortion, child neglect and for allegedly having a premature baby and then allowing the baby to die — a rather inconsistent strain of charges, some have argued.

Farah Diaz-Tello, senior staff attorney at the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, said during a recent interview that if Indiana permits Patel’s prosecution, it will forever change the way women can be punished for such incidents.

“The state has used laws that were never intended to punish pregnant people for losing or ending a pregnancy, and now unless the appellate court steps in, anyone who self-induces an abortion at any stage (which is becoming increasingly common as abortion clinics vanish) could be charged with feticide,” Diaz-Tello said.

She added that permitting a woman to be prosecuted based on the outcome of a pregnancy could set a precedent which requires women to prove that a miscarriage or stillbirth was unintentional.

Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, said that knowing what happened to Patel could lead to other women fearing hospital visits if they are experiencing a miscarriage, particularly if they are immigrants.

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“Immigrant women already face barriers in accessing healthcare,” Yeung said. “Unfortunately the actions of this doctor have created further misinformation for immigrant women, particularly pregnant women of color, who may now be more hesitant to access emergency healthcare.”

Adding fuel to the fire, Oklahoma last week passed a law which would revoke the license of any doctor who performs an abortion for any reason other than to save a woman’s life. The offense would send them to prison for up to three years. The bill describes abortion as “unprofessional conduct” on par with writing false prescriptions and having sex with patients. It makes no mention of, and provides no exceptions for those abortions which are requested because of rape or incest.

According to multiple reports, Dr. Kelly McGuire of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center was the doctor on call who contacted police when Patel came to the emergency room. Dr. McGuire is listed as pro-life through his association with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. After he made the initial call, McGuire also assisted police in the search for Patel’s stillborn fetus, according to a report from Salon

During Patel’s trial, it was McGuire who proclaimed a live birth had taken place, however, Shaku Teas, a pathologist who testified on behalf of the defense, said the baby was stillborn. Teas told the court the fetus’ lungs weren’t developed enough to breathe.

 

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Indiaspora releases 2021 government leaders list featuring over 200 members of Indian diaspora

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Nonprofit Indiaspora released their list recognizing more than 200 members of the Indian diaspora who are leaders in their countries’ governments. The leaders span the globe, with more than 60 holding Cabinet-level positions.

More than 32 million people of Indian origin live outside of India, the largest diaspora population in the world.

After entertaining pitches from a number of Indian states, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa declared Tesla will set up its Indian production in his state. An electric vehicle pioneer, analysts forecast India could generate 5% of Tesla’s revenue in the next 5 years.

The late Indian American scientist Narinder Singh Kapany, the father of fiber optics, received a posthumous Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest award. Singh died last year at the age of 94.

An Indian physicist’s revolutionary Black Hole research is turning 50 years old. C.V. Vishveshwara died in 2017, but his work lives on and continues to be honored. The Indian Association for General Relativity and Gravitation and The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences held an event in India to discuss the implications of Vishveshwara’s breakthrough. And now colleagues in his field around the world continue to be astounded at his research. Building off the work of Albert Einstein, Vishveshwara found that Black Holes had a structure, and if you banged on it, would vibrate like a bell. He first published this finding in the science journal “Nature.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Search continues for 12 yr old Arunay Pruthi lost at sea.

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FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV)  — It’s been a month since 12 year old Arunay Pruthi disappeared off the California coast. And while his family and their Fremont neighbors are devastated by his apparent loss, they continue to hold out hope they will find out what happened to the 7th grader. Pruthi was caught by dangerous surf at Cowell Ranch State Beach in Half Moon Bay and his father said he just drifted away. Despite hundreds of volunteers scouring the area, Pruthi hasn’t been seen since. There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to his discovery.

31 year old Ashwani Jain announced he’s running to become Maryland’s next governor. The Democrat recently ran unsuccessfully for Montgomery, Maryland City Council. He’s also a former Obama administration official.

Sean Desai made history, as he was named the Chicago Bears new defensive coordinator, making him the first Indian American ever to receive a coordinator job in the NFL. The 37 year old served as an assistant coach for several years before this promotion. Desai started his coaching career at Temple University, where he also received a doctorate in educational administration.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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UN: Avoid Pakistani airlines over fake pilot licence scandal

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SANTA CLARA (Diya TV) — The United Nations is telling its staff and partner agencies to avoid flying on all Pakistani airlines as the country continues to deal with a fake pilot license scandal. The warning means UN staff in Pakistan will be unable to fly internationally or domestically with these airlines, creating a travel nightmare.

The National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers is increasing its stake in soccer club Leeds United to 37 percent. And Indian American Paraag Marathe has been tapped to become Vice Chairman of the English Premier League team. Marathe will lead day to day operations and be more involved in the decision making process. The executive is still the 49ers Vice President of Football Operations, essentially the right hand man to owner Jed York.

As more foreign companies turn their backs on the United States, China and India are taking advantage. Direct investment in the US by overseas companies plummeted 49 percent last year according to a recent study. China’s grew by four percent to $163 billion. In India, foreign direct investment skyrocketed 13 percent last year to $57 billion. Policies allowing more foreign companies like Ikea and Uniqlo to open stores and increasing the country’s manufacturing base are some of the reasons for this growth.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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