I have had two caesarians, and they were frightening, painful, and brought me closer to death than any other event in my life. It took me years to recover my health. I consider myself a hero for going through them, and I would not condemn any woman who was frightened to do so. It took all my reserves of mental and physical toughness to hold myself together, and stay calm, with blood pouring out of me, and my internal organs pulled outside of my body (looking incidentally, like the saucer section of the Enterprise). I'd like to see any of the judges who condemned her endure that experience. And we know, from earlier stories, that there is precious little after-care for women recovering from caesarian in American hospitals.
I have a question for the authorities - if a baby would die unless the father donated a kidney, but he was too frightened to undergo the operation - would you charge him with murder? I don't believe so. If a baby will die unless you walk into a burning building, does that make you a murderer if you are too frightened to go into the fire? I hope I would be tough enough to do either of those things, but who can judge those who are too scared? This woman already had two caesarians, like me, and she delayed her decision to have a third. Does that make her Myra Hindley?