Mother accused of murder after refusing caesarean section

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 18 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:663
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington

    A woman in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been charged with murder after the death of one of her near term twins—the result, say prosecutors, of her refusal to have a medically advised caesarean section. The infants, one female and the other male, were delivered on 13 January. The male baby was stillborn but the female survives.

    The woman, Melissa Ann Rowland, aged 28, was charged with a single count of first degree criminal homicide. She is currently in jail in lieu of $250 000 (£139 000; €204 000) bond. …

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