Press Release National
Washington, DC — Today, a grand jury in Ohio declined to indict Brittany Watts, who miscarried a nonviable fetus at home after repeatedly being denied care due to Ohio’s extreme abortion ban. Watts’ case was just the latest example of efforts to criminalize people for their pregnancy outcomes.
Reproductive Freedom for All President and CEO Mini Timmaraju released the following statement:
“We are deeply relieved the grand jury declined to indict Brittany Watts, but we cannot forget the unimaginable pain this caused. Brittany should have been able to focus on taking care of herself after her miscarriage. Instead, she was arrested, charged with a felony, and faced jail time for her pregnancy outcome. This case should never have happened in the first place. It was the doing of an activist prosecutor who used an archaic law to punish a woman for her pregnancy outcome.”
For over 50 years, Reproductive Freedom for All (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice America) has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. Reproductive Freedom for All is powered by its more than 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.