U.S. woman free after serving jail time for self-induced abortion

In this March 30, 2015 file photo, Purvi Patel is taken into custody at the St. Joseph County Courthouse in South Bend, Ind., after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for feticide and neglect of a dependent. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

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Rick Callahan, The Associated Press

Published Thursday, September 1, 2016 1:29PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana woman whose feticide conviction for a self-induced abortion was overturned in July walked out of prison Thursday, a day after a judge resentenced her to less time than she had already served and ordered her immediate release.

Purvi Patel, 35, was with relatives when she left the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis about 10 a.m., said Indiana Department of Correction spokesman Doug Garrison.

Her attorney, Lawrence Marshall, said Patel is "very, very joyful that this day has come," but that she now needs privacy so that she can focus on rebuilding her life.

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