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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 09:33 AM
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Pregnant? Don't Fall Down the Stairs
Pregnant? Don't Fall Down the Stairs

By Amie Newman, Managing Editor

February 15, 2010 - 5:07pm


It all started last month, according to Change.org:

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.

more:
http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2010/02/15/its-illeg...
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 09:35 AM
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1. Whoa. I just got the chills reading this...
Edited on Tue Feb-16-10 09:40 AM by KittyWampus
and am remembering stories posted about nurses pulling out IUDs. Pharmacists refusing to fill birth control.

The Far Right infiltrated the school boards. Did they also move into the medical field? Or is this just what happens when noting anecdotes?

:scared:
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 09:39 AM
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2. That's truly scary.
Edited on Tue Feb-16-10 09:43 AM by MineralMan
People have all sorts of doubts and uncertainties during pregnancies and at other times. To be treated like a criminal in such circumstances is unconscionable.

I remember a case some time back where a woman had asked whether it was normal to have some sexual arousal while breastfeeding. She was reported to the police and interrogated, I believe. I'll see if I can find a link to that.

It was 1991, in New York. The story is at this link, halfway down the page:

http://philip.greenspun.com/zoo/government
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JerseygirlCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 10:02 AM
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3. Very
Thought police.

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Iris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 10:05 AM
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4. Further proof this stuff is not about the child but about keeping women in their place
Edited on Tue Feb-16-10 10:07 AM by Iris
If the child was the concern, the woman would have been referred to someone who could counsel her about her options, including adoption, which she also mentioned. Interesting how the other "a word" was what was acted upon.
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 02:57 PM
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10. And not a word is spoken
about dear old papa who hates his wife and his kids. He is the f*cking reason for the entire mess....but after all boyz will be boyz so let's point the finger at the woman...they're much more fun to humiliate, abuse and degrade. :mad: :mad: :mad: :grr: :grr: :grr: :grr:
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kristopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 10:05 AM
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5. The real American Taliban rears its ugly head... nt
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 10:06 AM
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6. Reminds me of the Handmaid's Tale
scary, indeed
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 10:13 AM
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7. My first thought after OMFG..
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 10:15 AM
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9. First thing I thought of as well.
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dustbunnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 10:14 AM
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8. Absolutely sickening from every way you look at it. n/t


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