A 22 year old pregnant
Why would the
According to a police report, nurse
Tiffany Prickett said
Later, the nurse brought in a doctor
who asked several other questions about whether she intended to end her
"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."
Taylor said the doctor told her he
was going to call Taylor's own doctor at a local medical clinic, but she said
she doesn't know whether the call was made.
Hours later, however, police entered and began "interrogating" her, she said.
"I asked Christine if she wanted the child she was pregnant with and she stated, 'No, I don't know,' " the officer wrote.
Shortly after she was released from the hospital, two squad cars pulled up behind the taxi she was in on her way home to meet her two girls. She said she spent two days in jail, while her daughters wondered where she was.
words, the medical professionals who were there to assess Christine Taylor and
her child’s well being began asking questions about whether or not she wanted
the child. Those medical professionals then contacted the police for fear that
she fell on purpose. But Ms. Taylor did not fall on purpose, instead, she “said
her husband, who lives in
There are a number of concerning elements to the way this situation was handled. Women have a right to choose, period. The way the
medical professionals behaved while treating their patient flies in the face of
that choice. Also, people have a right to speak. Ms. Taylor shouldn’t be
punished for voicing her feelings about the pregnancy, which is effectively what
Fortunately, Christine Taylor will not be charged with feticide, but the ACLU continues to fight for the rights of pregnant women around the country who face unfair treatment in prisons, in the military and from the courts. If you havent heard of the Samantha Burton case in Florida yet, click here, and to watch a story about a pregnancy woman denied medical care in a Montana prison, click here.