SAHEM62896 saidIf she did it on purpose to terminate her pregnancy, then it was stupider than going for a back alley abortion. If she did it out of clinical depression, then shame on the State of Iowa for arresting her for it.
She did it for neither. She appears to have merely become a bit dizzy & light-headed, and slipped down the stairs by accident. Pregnant women are prone to such bouts of dizziness, unsteadiness, and falling accidents.
She was screened at the hospital by the nurse, where she had gone to check to see if the fetus was OK. The nurse asked her if she'd ever have any thoughts about aborting, and the women said at one point she had, some time earlier. And things went from there. There was no evidence, and no witnesses to the fall, not even the women herself confessed to doing such a thing, it was all unsubstantiated conjecture on the part of the hospital and the police.