Shivana Jorawar

Shivana Jorawar directs the Reproductive Justice Program at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Fordham University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. 

Recent Articles

Miscarriage of Justice: Asian-American Women Targeted -- and All Women Threatened -- by Feticide Laws Like Indiana's

Purvi Patel's pregnancy ended with a medical emergency—and a 20-year prison sentence. 

(AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin)
Like many women, Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old woman living in South Bend, Indiana, had an unplanned pregnancy. But unlike most women’s experiences, her unplanned pregnancy and subsequent stillbirth led to a criminal conviction. Today, she was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Patel, an unmarried Indian-American woman living with her parents in South Bend Indiana, kept her pregnancy a secret for months, while working a low-wage job to support her parents and grandparents, who suffer from costly health conditions. Last summer, Patel believed she had suffered a miscarriage. She went to an emergency room seeking assistance for heavy vaginal bleeding. Just a few hours after she underwent medical treatment, while still in her hospital bed, local police arrived to interrogate her. Patel said she had miscarried, believed the fetus was not alive, and placed it in a bag in a dumpster. Local police decided to investigate further and found text messages indicating Patel may have ordered drugs...