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Old March 16th 04, 09:49 PM
GudGye11
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Woman Charged With Murder of Unborn Child
By ALEXANDRIA SAGE


SALT LAKE CITY (March 12) - A woman accused of murder because she allegedly
avoided a Caesarean section that could have saved her unborn twin has denied
the charge, saying she already had scars from earlier C-sections.

Her attorney, meanwhile, said she had a long history of mental illness.

Melissa Ann Rowland, 28, was charged Thursday of showing ''depraved
indifference to human life,'' ignoring medical advice to deliver her twins by
C-section because she didn't want to be scarred. One nurse told police Rowland
said she would rather ''lose one of the babies than be cut like that.''

Rowland told Salt Lake City radio station KSL from jail that ''I already have a
pretty nasty scar, it doesn't matter at all now,'' The Salt Lake Tribune
reported.

Her attorney, Michael Sikora, called a C-section major surgery and told the
Tribune ''it would come as no surprise that a woman with major mental illness
would fear it.''

The documents allege that Rowland was warned numerous times between Christmas
and Jan. 9 that her unborn twins would likely die if she did not get immediate
medical treatment, the documents allege. When she delivered them on Jan. 13,
the twin girl survived but the boy died.

Shortly afterward, Rowland was jailed on a child endangerment charge involving
the surviving twin, who has been adopted by a family Rowland knows.

Rowland told the radio station she has two other children who live with their
grandparents in Virginia. Sikora said Rowland moved to Utah with a boyfriend
and is either divorced or estranged from her husband. She lives in the Salt
Lake City suburb of West Jordan.

A spokesman for the district attorney, Kent Morgan, had said earlier that
Rowland was married.

The case could affect abortion rights and open the door to the prosecution of
mothers who smoke or don't follow their obstetrician's diet, said Marguerite
Driessen, a law professor at Brigham Young University.

''It's very troubling to have somebody come in and say we're going to charge
this mother for murder because we don't like the choices she made,'' she said.

The woman sought medical advice in December because she hadn't felt the fetuses
move, documents said.

Regina Davis, a nurse at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake, told police that during a
visit there, Rowland was recommended two hospitals to go to for immediate care.
Rowland allegedly said she would rather have both twins die before she went to
either of the suggested hospitals.

On Jan. 2, a doctor at LDS Hospital saw Rowland and recommended she immediately
undergo a C-section based on the results of an ultrasound and the fetus'
slowing heart rates. Rowland left after signing a document stating that she
understood that leaving might result in death or brain injury to one or both
twins, the doctor told police.

The same day, a nurse at Salt Lake Regional Hospital saw Rowland, who allegedly
told her she had left LDS Hospital because the doctor wanted to cut her ''from
breast bone to pubic bone,'' a procedure that would ''ruin her life.''

LDS Hospital can't comment on the case because of medical privacy issues and
the pending court case, said spokesman Robert Pexton.

The doctor who performed an autopsy found that the fetus died two days before
delivery and would have survived if Rowland had undergone a C-section when
urged to do so. It was not immediately clear how far along Rowland was in her
pregnancy.

She was charged in Salt Lake County with one first-degree felony count of
criminal homicide. Rowland was being held on $250,000 bail at the Salt Lake
County jail, and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

If convicted, she could be sentenced to between five years and life in prison.

''We are unable to find any reason other than the cosmetic motivations by the
mother'' for her decision, Morgan said.

Caesarean sections usually involve delivery through a surgical incision in the
abdomen and front wall of the uterus. Dr. Christian Morgan, a family practice
doctor who regularly performs C-sections at the University of Utah Health
Sciences Center, said he had never seen vertical skin incisions performed at
LDS Hospital for a first-time C-section.

''Even when you need to get a baby out in minutes, it can still be done in the
bikini incision,'' Christian Morgan said.


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Old March 19th 04, 05:10 AM
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"GudGye11" wrote in message
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Woman Charged With Murder of Unborn Child
By ALEXANDRIA SAGE


SALT LAKE CITY (March 12) - A woman accused of murder because she

allegedly
avoided a Caesarean section that could have saved her unborn twin has

denied
the charge, saying she already had scars from earlier C-sections.

Her attorney, meanwhile, said she had a long history of mental illness.

Melissa Ann Rowland, 28, was charged Thursday of showing ''depraved
indifference to human life,'' ignoring medical advice to deliver her twins

by
C-section because she didn't want to be scarred. One nurse told police

Rowland
said she would rather ''lose one of the babies than be cut like that.''

Rowland told Salt Lake City radio station KSL from jail that ''I already

have a
pretty nasty scar, it doesn't matter at all now,'' The Salt Lake Tribune
reported.

Her attorney, Michael Sikora, called a C-section major surgery and told

the
Tribune ''it would come as no surprise that a woman with major mental

illness
would fear it.''

----------------------
When my sister-in-law ended up having to have a caesarean with her first kid
the doctor told her that she shouldn't have anymore because a c-section
weakens the uterus and such. Of course she went ahead and had two more
anyway, both c-sections. Brilliant woman, (sarcasm)
--------------------

The documents allege that Rowland was warned numerous times between

Christmas
and Jan. 9 that her unborn twins would likely die if she did not get

immediate
medical treatment, the documents allege. When she delivered them on Jan.

13,
the twin girl survived but the boy died.

Shortly afterward, Rowland was jailed on a child endangerment charge

involving
the surviving twin, who has been adopted by a family Rowland knows.

Rowland told the radio station she has two other children who live with

their
grandparents in Virginia. Sikora said Rowland moved to Utah with a

boyfriend
and is either divorced or estranged from her husband. She lives in the

Salt
Lake City suburb of West Jordan.

A spokesman for the district attorney, Kent Morgan, had said earlier that
Rowland was married.

The case could affect abortion rights and open the door to the prosecution

of
mothers who smoke or don't follow their obstetrician's diet, said

Marguerite
Driessen, a law professor at Brigham Young University.

---------------------
What about women, (and men), who know that the chances are great of passing
on some horrible genetic problem to any kids they have? But still just HAVE
to have one no matter how much the kid may suffer.
Or women who take fertility drugs and either have the extra embryos
'removed' so that the one or two has a better chance or (in my opinion far
worse) go ahead and have a freak litter of five or six or more, all of which
are either born too soon, always far underweight, having to spend their
first months hooked up to machines, costing hundreds and hundreds of
thousands of dollars,(that we all pay in higher insurance rates), and end up
having lifelong health problems.

These are easily as or more horrible than a woman choosing to forego a
c-section. People who just HAVE to have a baby no matter what kind of hell
that childs life may be are selfish to a degree I can't even fathom and
those are the ones who should be charged with endangerment.

~AZ~
------------------------

''It's very troubling to have somebody come in and say we're going to

charge
this mother for murder because we don't like the choices she made,'' she

said.

The woman sought medical advice in December because she hadn't felt the

fetuses
move, documents said.

Regina Davis, a nurse at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake, told police that

during a
visit there, Rowland was recommended two hospitals to go to for immediate

care.
Rowland allegedly said she would rather have both twins die before she

went to
either of the suggested hospitals.

On Jan. 2, a doctor at LDS Hospital saw Rowland and recommended she

immediately
undergo a C-section based on the results of an ultrasound and the fetus'
slowing heart rates. Rowland left after signing a document stating that

she
understood that leaving might result in death or brain injury to one or

both
twins, the doctor told police.

The same day, a nurse at Salt Lake Regional Hospital saw Rowland, who

allegedly
told her she had left LDS Hospital because the doctor wanted to cut her

''from
breast bone to pubic bone,'' a procedure that would ''ruin her life.''

LDS Hospital can't comment on the case because of medical privacy issues

and
the pending court case, said spokesman Robert Pexton.

The doctor who performed an autopsy found that the fetus died two days

before
delivery and would have survived if Rowland had undergone a C-section when
urged to do so. It was not immediately clear how far along Rowland was in

her
pregnancy.

She was charged in Salt Lake County with one first-degree felony count of
criminal homicide. Rowland was being held on $250,000 bail at the Salt

Lake
County jail, and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

If convicted, she could be sentenced to between five years and life in

prison.

''We are unable to find any reason other than the cosmetic motivations by

the
mother'' for her decision, Morgan said.

Caesarean sections usually involve delivery through a surgical incision in

the
abdomen and front wall of the uterus. Dr. Christian Morgan, a family

practice
doctor who regularly performs C-sections at the University of Utah Health
Sciences Center, said he had never seen vertical skin incisions performed

at
LDS Hospital for a first-time C-section.

''Even when you need to get a baby out in minutes, it can still be done in

the
bikini incision,'' Christian Morgan said.




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Old March 19th 04, 05:10 AM
AZ Astrea
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"GudGye11" wrote in message
...

Woman Charged With Murder of Unborn Child
By ALEXANDRIA SAGE


SALT LAKE CITY (March 12) - A woman accused of murder because she

allegedly
avoided a Caesarean section that could have saved her unborn twin has

denied
the charge, saying she already had scars from earlier C-sections.

Her attorney, meanwhile, said she had a long history of mental illness.

Melissa Ann Rowland, 28, was charged Thursday of showing ''depraved
indifference to human life,'' ignoring medical advice to deliver her twins

by
C-section because she didn't want to be scarred. One nurse told police

Rowland
said she would rather ''lose one of the babies than be cut like that.''

Rowland told Salt Lake City radio station KSL from jail that ''I already

have a
pretty nasty scar, it doesn't matter at all now,'' The Salt Lake Tribune
reported.

Her attorney, Michael Sikora, called a C-section major surgery and told

the
Tribune ''it would come as no surprise that a woman with major mental

illness
would fear it.''

----------------------
When my sister-in-law ended up having to have a caesarean with her first kid
the doctor told her that she shouldn't have anymore because a c-section
weakens the uterus and such. Of course she went ahead and had two more
anyway, both c-sections. Brilliant woman, (sarcasm)
--------------------

The documents allege that Rowland was warned numerous times between

Christmas
and Jan. 9 that her unborn twins would likely die if she did not get

immediate
medical treatment, the documents allege. When she delivered them on Jan.

13,
the twin girl survived but the boy died.

Shortly afterward, Rowland was jailed on a child endangerment charge

involving
the surviving twin, who has been adopted by a family Rowland knows.

Rowland told the radio station she has two other children who live with

their
grandparents in Virginia. Sikora said Rowland moved to Utah with a

boyfriend
and is either divorced or estranged from her husband. She lives in the

Salt
Lake City suburb of West Jordan.

A spokesman for the district attorney, Kent Morgan, had said earlier that
Rowland was married.

The case could affect abortion rights and open the door to the prosecution

of
mothers who smoke or don't follow their obstetrician's diet, said

Marguerite
Driessen, a law professor at Brigham Young University.

---------------------
What about women, (and men), who know that the chances are great of passing
on some horrible genetic problem to any kids they have? But still just HAVE
to have one no matter how much the kid may suffer.
Or women who take fertility drugs and either have the extra embryos
'removed' so that the one or two has a better chance or (in my opinion far
worse) go ahead and have a freak litter of five or six or more, all of which
are either born too soon, always far underweight, having to spend their
first months hooked up to machines, costing hundreds and hundreds of
thousands of dollars,(that we all pay in higher insurance rates), and end up
having lifelong health problems.

These are easily as or more horrible than a woman choosing to forego a
c-section. People who just HAVE to have a baby no matter what kind of hell
that childs life may be are selfish to a degree I can't even fathom and
those are the ones who should be charged with endangerment.

~AZ~
------------------------

''It's very troubling to have somebody come in and say we're going to

charge
this mother for murder because we don't like the choices she made,'' she

said.

The woman sought medical advice in December because she hadn't felt the

fetuses
move, documents said.

Regina Davis, a nurse at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake, told police that

during a
visit there, Rowland was recommended two hospitals to go to for immediate

care.
Rowland allegedly said she would rather have both twins die before she

went to
either of the suggested hospitals.

On Jan. 2, a doctor at LDS Hospital saw Rowland and recommended she

immediately
undergo a C-section based on the results of an ultrasound and the fetus'
slowing heart rates. Rowland left after signing a document stating that

she
understood that leaving might result in death or brain injury to one or

both
twins, the doctor told police.

The same day, a nurse at Salt Lake Regional Hospital saw Rowland, who

allegedly
told her she had left LDS Hospital because the doctor wanted to cut her

''from
breast bone to pubic bone,'' a procedure that would ''ruin her life.''

LDS Hospital can't comment on the case because of medical privacy issues

and
the pending court case, said spokesman Robert Pexton.

The doctor who performed an autopsy found that the fetus died two days

before
delivery and would have survived if Rowland had undergone a C-section when
urged to do so. It was not immediately clear how far along Rowland was in

her
pregnancy.

She was charged in Salt Lake County with one first-degree felony count of
criminal homicide. Rowland was being held on $250,000 bail at the Salt

Lake
County jail, and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

If convicted, she could be sentenced to between five years and life in

prison.

''We are unable to find any reason other than the cosmetic motivations by

the
mother'' for her decision, Morgan said.

Caesarean sections usually involve delivery through a surgical incision in

the
abdomen and front wall of the uterus. Dr. Christian Morgan, a family

practice
doctor who regularly performs C-sections at the University of Utah Health
Sciences Center, said he had never seen vertical skin incisions performed

at
LDS Hospital for a first-time C-section.

''Even when you need to get a baby out in minutes, it can still be done in

the
bikini incision,'' Christian Morgan said.




  #4  
Old March 19th 04, 05:10 AM
AZ Astrea
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"GudGye11" wrote in message
...

Woman Charged With Murder of Unborn Child
By ALEXANDRIA SAGE


SALT LAKE CITY (March 12) - A woman accused of murder because she

allegedly
avoided a Caesarean section that could have saved her unborn twin has

denied
the charge, saying she already had scars from earlier C-sections.

Her attorney, meanwhile, said she had a long history of mental illness.

Melissa Ann Rowland, 28, was charged Thursday of showing ''depraved
indifference to human life,'' ignoring medical advice to deliver her twins

by
C-section because she didn't want to be scarred. One nurse told police

Rowland
said she would rather ''lose one of the babies than be cut like that.''

Rowland told Salt Lake City radio station KSL from jail that ''I already

have a
pretty nasty scar, it doesn't matter at all now,'' The Salt Lake Tribune
reported.

Her attorney, Michael Sikora, called a C-section major surgery and told

the
Tribune ''it would come as no surprise that a woman with major mental

illness
would fear it.''

----------------------
When my sister-in-law ended up having to have a caesarean with her first kid
the doctor told her that she shouldn't have anymore because a c-section
weakens the uterus and such. Of course she went ahead and had two more
anyway, both c-sections. Brilliant woman, (sarcasm)
--------------------

The documents allege that Rowland was warned numerous times between

Christmas
and Jan. 9 that her unborn twins would likely die if she did not get

immediate
medical treatment, the documents allege. When she delivered them on Jan.

13,
the twin girl survived but the boy died.

Shortly afterward, Rowland was jailed on a child endangerment charge

involving
the surviving twin, who has been adopted by a family Rowland knows.

Rowland told the radio station she has two other children who live with

their
grandparents in Virginia. Sikora said Rowland moved to Utah with a

boyfriend
and is either divorced or estranged from her husband. She lives in the

Salt
Lake City suburb of West Jordan.

A spokesman for the district attorney, Kent Morgan, had said earlier that
Rowland was married.

The case could affect abortion rights and open the door to the prosecution

of
mothers who smoke or don't follow their obstetrician's diet, said

Marguerite
Driessen, a law professor at Brigham Young University.

---------------------
What about women, (and men), who know that the chances are great of passing
on some horrible genetic problem to any kids they have? But still just HAVE
to have one no matter how much the kid may suffer.
Or women who take fertility drugs and either have the extra embryos
'removed' so that the one or two has a better chance or (in my opinion far
worse) go ahead and have a freak litter of five or six or more, all of which
are either born too soon, always far underweight, having to spend their
first months hooked up to machines, costing hundreds and hundreds of
thousands of dollars,(that we all pay in higher insurance rates), and end up
having lifelong health problems.

These are easily as or more horrible than a woman choosing to forego a
c-section. People who just HAVE to have a baby no matter what kind of hell
that childs life may be are selfish to a degree I can't even fathom and
those are the ones who should be charged with endangerment.

~AZ~
------------------------

''It's very troubling to have somebody come in and say we're going to

charge
this mother for murder because we don't like the choices she made,'' she

said.

The woman sought medical advice in December because she hadn't felt the

fetuses
move, documents said.

Regina Davis, a nurse at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake, told police that

during a
visit there, Rowland was recommended two hospitals to go to for immediate

care.
Rowland allegedly said she would rather have both twins die before she

went to
either of the suggested hospitals.

On Jan. 2, a doctor at LDS Hospital saw Rowland and recommended she

immediately
undergo a C-section based on the results of an ultrasound and the fetus'
slowing heart rates. Rowland left after signing a document stating that

she
understood that leaving might result in death or brain injury to one or

both
twins, the doctor told police.

The same day, a nurse at Salt Lake Regional Hospital saw Rowland, who

allegedly
told her she had left LDS Hospital because the doctor wanted to cut her

''from
breast bone to pubic bone,'' a procedure that would ''ruin her life.''

LDS Hospital can't comment on the case because of medical privacy issues

and
the pending court case, said spokesman Robert Pexton.

The doctor who performed an autopsy found that the fetus died two days

before
delivery and would have survived if Rowland had undergone a C-section when
urged to do so. It was not immediately clear how far along Rowland was in

her
pregnancy.

She was charged in Salt Lake County with one first-degree felony count of
criminal homicide. Rowland was being held on $250,000 bail at the Salt

Lake
County jail, and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

If convicted, she could be sentenced to between five years and life in

prison.

''We are unable to find any reason other than the cosmetic motivations by

the
mother'' for her decision, Morgan said.

Caesarean sections usually involve delivery through a surgical incision in

the
abdomen and front wall of the uterus. Dr. Christian Morgan, a family

practice
doctor who regularly performs C-sections at the University of Utah Health
Sciences Center, said he had never seen vertical skin incisions performed

at
LDS Hospital for a first-time C-section.

''Even when you need to get a baby out in minutes, it can still be done in

the
bikini incision,'' Christian Morgan said.




 




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