One week ago a three-months-pregnant Occupy Seattle protestor named Jennifer Fox marched to Westlake Park and got pepper sprayed, and, she says, kicked and shoved along with a lot of other folks. She says she's now miscarried her child and claims that doctors told her Seattle police are to blame.
"Later my guy who did the ultrasound said everything was fine. . . Until yesterday when I went back."
It should be noted that Fox's account has not been verified, and is only that, her account.
Fox, who says she's homeless and lives at the Occupy camp at Seattle Central Community College, says she doesn't have any medical documents to provide right now in regards to the listed cause of her miscarriage, but she says that her caseworker is going to give her paperwork that will confirm her story this week. By law Harborview Medical Center spokesperson Mary Beth Haggerty couldn't confirm or deny that the woman was treated when she says she was.
Fox's being pepper sprayed was widely reported last week, along with that of now-famous octogenarian activist Dorli Rainey. Rainey, Fox and United Methodist Pastor Rich Lang were undoubtedly the most famous of the dozens of folks who got doused.
News of the miscarriage was first reported by Ian Finkenbinder on his blog One Angry Queer.
A video claiming to show the aftermath of Fox's being sprayed and showing a writhing woman being loaded into an ambulance is posted on YouTube.
Another photo showing Fox being carried off by a friend was carried nationwide by the Associated Press.
Fox says she went to Harborview shortly after the incident and was given an ultrasound that confirmed that her baby was fine. Then on Sunday, however, she says she developed "terrible cramps" and called an ambulance.
Back at Harborview she says that the news devastating.
"The took me to back to Harborview, they did an ultrasound, and they said there was no heartbeat," Fox says before explaining the reason the doctors gave her. "They said it was the pepper spray, the bike incident and the kick."
Seattle police flatly refused to comment on Fox's account when reached Monday evening. Only days beforehand Mayor Mike McGinn publicly apologized for the incident after a P-I photo of Rainey's milk-and-pepper-spray-dripping face went global.
Fox says that she's getting legal advice from fellow Occupiers who have access to lawyers and will decide whether to file a lawsuit later.