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Jacqueline Goodman Fights to Protect Pregnant Women’s Rights

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Together with the National Advocates for Pregnant Women and other law firms from across the country, Attorney Jacqueline Goodman is working pro bono as the lead counsel to defend a Central California woman, Chelsea Becker, facing a felony first-degree murder charge for a stillbirth after an autopsy revealed there was methamphetamine in the fetus’ system.

Not only does Goodman seek the dismissal of the murder charge against our client, but she is also attempting to stop the expansion of a California criminal code that allows women to be charged with murder for the outcomes of their pregnancies. This is part of a nationwide attempt to criminalize abortion and other actions by pregnant women.

Under Penal Code 187 PC, murder is defined as "the unlawful killing of a human being or fetus with malice aforethought.” However, the law is intended to punish individuals causing harm to pregnant women, not implicate mothers who experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth.

Our client is not the first person to be charged after a stillbirth. Other than a case that resulted in a no-contest plea, no one has ever been convicted under California law.

Health providers and legal experts claim that criminalizing fetal harm can make pregnant women hesitant or even reluctant about seeking medical care if they experience a miscarriage or other pregnancy-related health issues. Furthermore, doctors could be forced to act as investigators, significantly severing physician-patient relationships.

Attorney Jacqueline Goodman is committed to protecting the rights of our clients and the rights of women everywhere. Experiencing a pregnancy loss is not a crime!

For more information about what you can do to help, call The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman today at (714) 733-1737 or contact us online.

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    MISDEMEANOR SETTLEMENT

    MISDEMEANOR SETTLEMENT

    2ND DUI

    Misdemeanor on completion of community service - Felony 2nd DUI, under 21 with injury.

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    case dismissed

    CASE REJECTED

    ATTEMPTED MURDER OF POLICE OFFICER

    Los Angeles Arrest Pre-filing representation on Attempted murder of police officer, assault with a deadly weapon upon a police officer.

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    CASE
    REJECTED

    CASE REJECTED

    ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

    Strike felonies including assault with a deadly weapon - car with great bodily injury.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CAR ACCIDENT

    Car accident, no license, speeding (filed by Anaheim City Attorney).

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CHILD ENDANGERMENT / CRUELTY

    Penal Code 273a(b) Child endangerment/cruelty.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CHILD MOLESTATION

    Child molestation: Felony.

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    PROBATION TERMINATED EARLY

    PROBATION TERMINATED EARLY

    COMMERCIAL BURGLARY

    Commercial burglary probation violation: dismissed, no violation found.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CONTEMPT OF COURT ORDER

    Contempt of court order by a gang member.

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    Case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CSA CASE

    CSA case dismissed.

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