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Illinois Woman in Labor Stops to Vote on Way to Hospital

Cook County Clerk's Office(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago mom-to-be didn't let being in labor stop her from doing her duty as a citizen on Election Day.

With contractions five minutes apart, Galicia Malone stopped at Precinct 88 in Chicago to cast her vote on her way to the hospital, according to the Cook County Clerk's Office.

Malone, 21, was determined to vote in her first presidential election, even though her water had broken.  She voted at around 8:30 a.m. at the fittingly-named New Life Celebration Church, according to ABC News' Chicago affiliate WLS-TV.

Once she had voted, she headed to the hospital to deliver her baby.

"If only all voters showed such determination to vote," Cook County Clerk David Orr said in a news release.  "My hat goes off to Galicia for not letting anything get in the way of voting.  What a terrific example she is showing for the next generation, especially her new son or daughter."

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Pregnant Mom Kicked Off Bus Over Baby’s Dirty Diaper

ABC News(SEATTLE) -- A pregnant Seattle woman who was kicked off a city bus when her baby’s dirty diaper was deemed to be a disturbance to other passengers is questioning why normal baby behavior would lead her to be removed from city transportation.

Any parent can tell you how stressful it is to travel with a baby, but Nichole Hakimian says the problem she ran into this week when she boarded a city bus with her 1-year-old took it to a whole new level.

“He had just pooped in his diaper as soon as I got on [the bus],” she told ABC News.

Hakimian’s son was sick, and she was taking him to the doctor.

“Right after that, the bus driver told me to get off the bus.  And I said, ‘why is that?’  She said, ‘your baby … smells really bad.  And it’s not fair that we all have to smell that.’”

The 4-month pregnant mom then exited to the bus, she says, still a mile and a half away from her baby’s doctor.

A Seattle Metro spokesperson said they are now investigating the incident.

“[This is a] very unique situation … Our goal is always to balance the comfort of all our riders,” the spokesman said.

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Pregnant Florida Teen Disappears

Courtesy of Morgan Martin's family(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- A pregnant Florida teenager has disappeared after telling her mother she was stepping outside to tell the father of her unborn baby that an ultrasound indicated the baby was a girl.

Morgan Martin, 17, disappeared July 25 in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Morgan’s mother said the baby’s father, whom Morgan met on Facebook, is 26 and from Kansas City. Police and Morgan’s mother declined to name the man.

The teenager was last seen about 12:30 a.m., her mother Leah Martin told ABC News.

Mrs. Martin said she had warned her daughter against seeing the man because he was not on good terms with Morgan.

“He said he was going to come over and talk to her and so she told me, ‘Mom, I’m just going to go talk to him,” Leah Martin said. “I told her, ‘Morgan, you don’t want anything to do with him … You’re a kid. If he gets caught with you, he’s going to jail.’”

The mother said Morgan’s sister, Sierra Cahill, 20, was the last to see Morgan step outside. When Leah Martin woke for work at 5 a.m., she noticed her daughter had left the lights, television and air conditioning on. She figured Morgan was probably still outside talking with the baby’s father, but didn’t see any cars.

A few phone calls from Cahill followed saying Morgan was not returning calls and was not on Facebook, something Leah Martin said was very rare for the teen.

Police say they have no indication Morgan Martin left of her own accord. The fact that she didn’t take anything with her and was dressed for bed “has caused us to believe this is not a normal set of circumstances,” St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz said Friday.

“There’s a difference between a runaway situation and something like this, where you have a set of circumstances suggesting that she has just stopped communicating with all her friends,” Puetz said.

Morgan has run away from home before, Puetz said, but always returned soon after.

Puetz said the baby’s father and Morgan were communicating up to her disappearance.

Police are not certain a crime has taken place and have not named any suspects.

Morgan is 5-feet-2 and weighs around 170 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Morgan Keyanna Martin can call police at (727) 893-7780.

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Pregnant Michigan Woman Accused of Driving Drunk with Baby in Car

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- A pregnant Michigan woman was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of drunk driving with her 10-month-old baby in the car.

Rania Hijazi, who is eight months pregnant, was arrested by Southfield police after she crashed her vehicle into a street sign around 3:30 a.m. Memorial Day, ABC News station WXYZ-TV reported.  There were no reports of injuries to Hijazi or her baby.

Police say Hijazi, 37, failed field sobriety tests and registered a 0.14 blood-alcohol level with preliminary breath tests. She was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired and child endangerment.

In court Tuesday, Hijazi asked for a court-appointed attorney even though her husband is employed.  Her bond has been set at $25,000 and a pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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Pregnant Woman Who Was Kidnapped, Set on Fire and Shot Gives Birth

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- A pregnant woman who was kidnapped, set on fire and shot in the back, in what police say was a horrific attempt to kill her unborn baby, gave birth to a boy Tuesday, hours before her ex-boyfriend and another man were charged in the attack.

Latonya Bowman, 22, was only eight months pregnant, but doctors performed an emergency Caesarean section Tuesday morning.

Jamal Rogers, the child’s father, and his roommate Antonio Mathis, both 22, were arraigned Tuesday on kidnapping, attempted murder and conspiracy charges and could face life in prison. Both requested court-appointed lawyers. They were denied bail.

Rogers allegedly began planning the attack in March, when he found out Bowman was pregnant with his third child. He enlisted Mathis, who did not even want money to participate, according to police.

The attack occurred early Saturday morning when Bowman was dropping her ex-boyfriend at his new girlfriend’s Warren, Mich., home after seeing a drive-in movie, the woman told police. After they pulled into the garage and got out of the car, the garage door closed unexpectedly, she said.

“She was grabbed by the throat and a gun was put to her head. She was ordered to the ground, duct taped, her feet, her hands and her mouth, ordered into the backseat of the car,” Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green said.

She was blindfolded before being put back into her car and driven to an alley in Detroit, Green said.

The man who kidnapped her indicated that it was because of her pregnancy.

“[The suspect] said, ‘You know why this is happening,’ and then he asked her about how far along she was,” Green said.

The woman told police she felt liquid being poured on her, heard a match strike and then was set on fire.

“She was able to get out of the car and start rolling on the ground, trying to put the fire out,” Green said. “And when that happened, two shots were fired and she was struck once in the back.”

After being shot, the woman played dead, and the man left, police said. She was able to free herself and drove to her mother’s house in Detroit. Her mother took her to the hospital.

Police took Rogers into custody on Saturday and named him a person of interest in the case. He had not called 911 when she was kidnapped, police said.

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Pregnant Woman, Unborn Baby Survive Being Abducted, Set on Fire, Shot

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(WARREN, Mich.) -- A 22-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn baby are alive and expected to live after being kidnapped, set on fire and shot in Warren, Mich., police said.

The woman, who is nine months pregnant, told police she was dropping her ex-boyfriend at his new girlfriend’s home early Saturday morning after seeing a drive-in movie. After they pulled into the garage and got out of the car, the garage door closed unexpectedly, she told police.

“The next thing she knew she was grabbed by the throat and a gun was put to her head,” Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green told ABC News affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit. “She was ordered to the ground.”

Duct tape was placed over her mouth and wrapped around her hands and feet, and she was blindfolded, before being put back into her car and driven to an alley in Detroit, Green said.

“She didn’t know where she was at the time,” Warren police Sgt. Dave Geffert told the Detroit Free Press.

The man who kidnapped her indicated that it was because of her pregnancy.

“[The suspect] said ‘you know why this is happening’ and then he asked her about how far along she was,” Green said.

The woman told police she felt liquid being poured on her, heard a match strike and then was set on fire.

“She was able to get out of the car and start rolling on the ground, trying to put the fire out,” Green said. “And when that happened, two shots were fired and she was struck once in the back.”

The woman played dead, and the man left, police said.

“Right after the assailant had shot her, he fled the scene,” Geffert told the Free Press. “I’m saying ‘he’ because she reported a male voice, unknown description.”

She freed herself from the duct tape and drove to her mother’s house in Detroit. Her mother took her to the hospital.

Police took the woman’s ex-boyfriend into custody on Saturday and named him a person of interest in the case. He had not called 911 when she was kidnapped, police said.

A possible motive is the boyfriend not wanting another baby, police said.

An ultrasound performed after the attack showed the baby is healthy, police said, and the woman is expected to recover.

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911 Workers Fired for Being Pregnant?

Hemera/Thinkstock(FULTON COUNTY, Ga.) -- Two former Fulton County 911 operator trainees plan to sue Georgia’s Fulton County, claiming they were fired for being pregnant.

One of the women secretly recorded a conversation she said she had with the director of the Emergency Communications Center, during which she asked for her job back after being fired.

In the recording obtained by ABC News, a person identified as department director Angela Barrett repeatedly refers to Que'ana Morris' "situation" as the reason for her firing.

"I understand you have a situation. All I'm doing is giving you time to rectify your situation, and then you can come back when you can come to work," Barrett tells Morris on the tape.

Morris says in the two months before she was fired, she missed 16 days of work on doctor's orders over complications with her pregnancy. She says she had permission to miss those days for medical reasons, and that it only became a problem after she was already fired.

"I don't have that option to turn around and rehire you when you haven't eliminated the situation that's causing your absence," Barrett says in the recording. "According to you, you're absent because of the pregnancy. So, how am I supposed to be able to make a decision when the condition still exists?"

Barrett never specifies what she means by "rectify," but Morris told ABC affiliate WSB-TV it was clear to her that the "situation" was her pregnancy and that she couldn't continue working as long as she was still pregnant.

"I was devastated because all of my reviews were satisfactory. Nothing stated I was a bad employee," Morris said.

Morris filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the ground that she was discriminated against because of her gender, due to her pregnancy. The EEOC investigation found in her favor, and concluded she had the right to sue her former employer.

Morris and Leeneeka Bell, who says she was fired by the Emergency Communications Center after her pregnancy left her on bed rest, announced their plans to file a lawsuit after the EEOC finding. Their attorney, Lisa Millican, says this is a clear-cut case of discrimination.

"They're essentially forcing their employees to choose between keeping their jobs or having a child," Millican told ABC. "When a company has an attitude like this, it basically means a woman can't work. So if pregnancy causes you to lose your job, that sets us back 50 years."

Fulton County issued a statement saying they can't confirm the authenticity of the tape, and that they can't substantiate the women's claims.

"We stand by our statement that at no time did Fulton County take any prohibited action against the employees in question," the statement reads.

Millican says they plan to file one lawsuit on behalf of both women in the next few weeks.

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Pregnant Woman Killed After Car Crashes Into Florida Hotel

Comstock/Thinkstock(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- A pregnant woman from Boston was killed when a car veered off the road and crashed into the pool cabana at a Florida hotel.

The accident occurred Sunday afternoon at the Riverside Hotel near Las Olas Boulevard, a busy road in Fort Lauderdale, according to fire rescue spokesman Matt Little.

The seven-month pregnant woman was identified as Alanna Demella, 27, of Medford, Mass., by ABC News affiliate WCBTV.

Demella, who was with her husband at the time of the accident, had gotten up to use the restroom inside the cabana when the vehicle struck.  Her body was extracted by a fire department unit.

According to The Miami Herald, the fetus also died.

The driver of the vehicle, who has not been identified, was taken to the Broward General Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, the Herald reported.

Police in Fort Lauderdale are investigating the incident as a traffic homicide, Little told the paper.

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Accuser to Investigators: TV's Greg Kelly Raped Me, Left Me Pregnant

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The woman who accused New York TV morning show anchor Greg Kelly of raping her told investigators the assault left her pregnant, sources told ABC News.

The latest developments in the unfolding tale of the encounter in lower Manhattan come as investigators are attempting to sort through the allegations and establish what occurred.

According to sources familiar with the investigation, the accuser, who is about 30 and who works at a law firm as a paralegal, told law enforcement officials that she texted Kelly after the incident, and in one message asked why he had not called.  Investigators are attempting to determine whether the contents of the communications between Kelly and the accuser appear to incriminate or to exonerate him.

The accuser told investigators that she met Kelly, who is single, in lower Manhattan and that he later raped her after she invited him back to the law offices in which she works.

Kelly is the son of New York City's nationally and internationally renowned Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.  The police department has recused itself from investigating the allegation to avoid any conflict of interest. The probe is being handled by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

Sources close to the investigation told ABC News Thursday evening that the accuser told investigators she had become pregnant as a result of the encounter with Kelly and had terminated the pregnancy.  Investigators are attempting to establish whether that was accurate.

The alleged assault, which she says occurred nearly three months ago, was reported to police this week.  Multiple sources and the lawyer for Kelly have confirmed the investigation to ABC News.

"Mr. Kelly is aware that the New York county district attorney's office is conducting an investigation," said his attorney, Andrew Lankler.  "Mr. Kelly strenuously denies any wrongdoing and is cooperating fully with the district attorney's investigation.  We know that the district attorney's investigation will prove Mr. Kelly's innocence."

Kelly, 43, is the co-host of the weekday morning news show Good Day New York.  He was previously a White House correspondent for Fox News and the co-host of Fox News' Fox and Friends.  Kelly was also a Marine pilot before joining Fox.

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Mother of Three Girls Killed in Taconic Crash Is Pregnant

BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two years ago, Jackie Hance lost everything when all three of her daughters died in a gruesome wrong-way car crash on New York's Taconic Parkway. But today, she is pregnant again after undergoing in vitro fertilization in a twist of fate that she says came from a dream about her beloved daughters.

Hance, 40, of Floral Park, N.Y., announced her pregnancy just as HBO is ready to air its own documentary, Something's Wrong With Aunt Diane, on the drunk-driving accident.

The girls were killed on their way home from a camping trip in upstate New York when their aunt, Diane Schuler, 36, drove 70 mph down the wrong side of the parkway for two miles before slamming her SUV head-on into another vehicle.

Toxicology reports showed that Schuler's blood alcohol level was twice the limit -- the equivalent of 10 shots of vodka -- and she was high on marijuana.

Just minutes before the deadly crash, Hance's daughter, Emma, had called her mother to say, "Something's wrong with Aunt Diane."

Hance's girls, Emma, 8; Alyson, 7; and Katie, 5, as well as Schuler and her 2-year-old daughter Erin died instantly. Three men in the other vehicle also died, a total of eight people. The only survivor was Schuler's son Bryan, 5.

"Parenting is not something you can ever let go of, even if your children are gone," Hance wrote in the Ladies Home Journal this week.

Hance is expecting her baby in September. But psychologists say having a baby too soon after the death of a child is no panacea for grief.

Hance writes that her friends persuaded her to have another child as a way of coping with the "torture" that she has felt since her girls died, unable even to cook because it reminds her of her daughters' excitement at mealtime.

"After the accident so many people suggested that Warren and I consider having another child. They said having a baby was what the girls would want and it would give us a future," she writes.

When a child dies, many parents have a "natural urge" to have another, according to Katherine Shear, professor of psychiatry and social work at Columbia University who specializes in complicated grief.

"A lot of parents do wish to have another child to come to terms with the loss," she said. "After they've accepted the loss, it's a very natural part of life and can be a very healing thing to do."

"When they do this, it's usually with a little bit of sadness and trepidation even when they know it's the right thing for them, and I don't think we should judge them," she said. "When they make that decision, it's a hard one to make and we should primarily support them."

Other psychologists say that having another child so quickly after such a tragic loss can compound the devastation, leaving the grief process unresolved. The pain felt by bereaving parents is one of the most intense of all sorrows and the most complicated.

Hance said that she had her tubes tied after having her third child, but decided to do IVF after a doctor offered the procedure after hearing her story.

She said her daughters came to her in a dream: "I was standing in heaven and I could see Emma, Alyson, and Katie through these big gates. God would not let me inside the gates. He said that I had been given a gift from that doctor and I had to use his gift before I could be with my babies."

Dr. Richard Paulson, director USC Fertility in Los Angeles, said that having another child can sometimes fulfill the dreams of a complete family.

"It's not a replacement child, it's a reconstituted family," said "Because that person is gone, you don't replace that person," he said.

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