The case in Indiana has drawn international attention from reproductive rights advocates who claim it could set a precedent by which pregnant women could be prosecuted for smoking or other behavior that authorities deem dangerous to their unborn child.
"It also highlights the practical reasons why pregnant women should never be subjected to prosecution of this type. The relationship between a pregnant woman and the fetus she carries is the most complicated relationship we have in nature," Pence said. "Newborns and fetuses die of complications often and typically doctors cannot even answer why it occurred, it just happens."
Shuai was released on bond last May. Her trial is set for April 22.
At the time of the autopsy, Clouse had about 2½ years of experience as a forensic pathologist with the Marion County coroner's office. She is currently a professor of forensic pathology at the Indiana University Medical School in Muncie.
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