Pregnant & arrested for falling down

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Pregnant & arrested for falling down
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Wed, 02-17-2010 - 9:46am

"Last month, after an upsetting phone conversation with her estranged husband, Ms. Taylor became light-headed and fell down a flight of stairs in her home. Paramedics rushed to the scene and ultimately declared her healthy. However, since she was pregnant with her third child at the time, Taylor thought it would be best to be seen at the local ER to make sure her fetus was unharmed.

After Taylor was treated by a nurse at the private hospital and deemed fine, she confided to the nurse that she was upset and scared and wasn't sure she wanted to continue the pregnancy. Her husband recently left her after she told him she was pregnant with their third child:

"I never said I didn't want my baby, but I admitted that I had been considering adoption or abortion," she said. "I admit that I said I wasn't sure I wanted to continue the pregnancy. My husband sends me money, but money doesn't make a parent. I don't have anybody else to turn to."

Although Taylor was in the first part of her second trimester, the nurse noted on her chart that she was in the first week of her third trimester - the time when, under Iowa's fetal homicide law, a violent act perpetrated against a pregnant woman could be considered criminal. The nurse called over the doctor who then called the police - which is when Christine Taylor found herself arrested and sent to jail for admitting uncertainty about her pregnancy and fear about raising three children on her own. "

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http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2010/02/15/its-illegal-37-states-for-a-pregnant-woman-fall-down-stairs

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Wed, 02-17-2010 - 11:17am
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Wed, 02-17-2010 - 3:53pm

Yep, same story, and I hope that the hospital sees some serious litigation.

In this case, litigation is a very useful tool in sending a message to other hospitals (and lawmakers) about the effects this legislation, and misuse of it, can wreak.

I would not imagine that she's going to have her baby there.

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Wed, 02-17-2010 - 4:56pm
Our jails would be overstuffed if they tried to put away every woman who's been less than overjoyed at the prospect of an unexpected pregnancy, or even had second thoughts about a planned pregnancy.






 


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Registered: 03-07-2008
Wed, 02-17-2010 - 6:59pm
Way to help open up a safe dialogue with Mom so she can seek services or help as she needs it. I bet she has lost all trust in healthcare providers right now.
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Thu, 02-18-2010 - 1:36am

Gilead. Seriously.

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Thu, 02-18-2010 - 7:26am

Gilead. Seriously.


Yeah, exactly.

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Thu, 02-18-2010 - 7:49am

I don't even know where to start with this.

Issue 1 is that what the woman was doing was NOT illegal. Considering termination before the legal cut off is not something that IMO should be prosecutable.

Issue 2. What the nurse did I think may be illegal. Surely there is some law against falsifying medical records.

Issue 3. Even if abortion was illegal at that point in the pregnancy simply thinking about it is not.

Good lord under the system they seem to be trying to set up I could land in jail. Although I don't believe in elective abortion I am slightly less than thrilled about this pregnancy (I know that is odd after trying so long) and have confided that to a few people. Does that mean if I fall down in front of the wrong person they are going to jump to the conclusion that I was trying to do an at home abortion?

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Thu, 02-18-2010 - 8:08am

Exactly.

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Registered: 07-07-2008
Fri, 02-19-2010 - 8:28pm

I agree that it was taken way to far, but the nurse's only illegal act was falsifying information. Nurses are required to report criminal activity to authorities (such as suspected child abuse, rape, etc). Why she put the wrong information about how far along the patient was is beyond me, perhaps she was mistaken. But, if under Iowa law, terminating at that point would be considered homicide, she was right in reporting it.

I can't believe it was able to get taken that far with the wrong information. It seems to me that it should have been dropped with an apology as soon as they got the correct information.

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Sat, 02-20-2010 - 1:00am

I agree that it was taken way to far, but the nurse's only illegal act was falsifying information.


I disagree entirely. Did you read the whole article? The police had exact quotes from Christine Taylor before they even spoke with her. How did they know what she had said unless the nurse and the doctor told the police? That is absolutely a violation of the confidentiality that Christine Taylor should have had when discussing treatment with her medical professionals. Now, if the nurse or doctor had observed bruises on her body that looked like someone had pushed her down the stairs and reported the bruises as evidence of a possible illegal act, I would agree with you. But that's not the case.


Besides, this is a woman who was declared healthy by the EMTs. Why would she have gone to the ER to check on the health of her fetus if she had wanted to harm her child by throwing herself down the stairs? She was a hurting, scared woman at the hospital wanting to seek help for her fetus and the nurse and doctor sent her to jail. It's ridiculous, criminal and they should be ashamed of themselves.

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