Ohio Man Indicted Who Tried to Force Girlfriend’s Abortion at Gunpoint
by Steven Ertelt
October 19, 2010
Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — An Ohio man who police say he allegedly tried to force his pregnant girlfriend at gunpoint to have an abortion has been indicted. Dominic L. Holt-Reid, 28, was indicted on six counts today, including attempted murder, kidnapping, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon under disability.
Police say Holt-Reid was arrested and charged after he tried to make his partner, Yolanda Burgess, 27, keep a scheduled appoint for an abortion she decided to go back on today.
Police found him in the parking lot behind the Founder’s Women’s Health Center abortion facility in downtown Columbus
Sgt. Rich Weiner, a Columbus police spokesman, told the Columbus Dispatch newspaper that Burgess and Holt-Reid have another child together. They said the couple were in a vehicle dropping their child off at school when Holt-Reid became angry after Burgess refused to keep the abortion appointment slated for this morning.
Holt-Reid reportedly removed a loaded .45 caliber Taurus handgun from the glove compartment and pointed it at his pregnant girlfriend — forcing her to drive to the abortion center. The Dispatch indicates Burgess passed a note to center staff, who called the police after receiving it.
Holt-Reid was found in Burgess’ car with the handgun concealed in his pants.
He appeared in court on October 7 and bond was set at $500,000. Now he faces an arraignment hearing on October 20 concerning the additional charges.
Holt-Reid represents what research shows is the all-too-frequent phenomenon of coerced and pressured abortions.
The report from the Elliot Institute, Forced Abortion in America, calls the problem a "widespread epidemic."
The report notes how research suggests most abortions are likely unwanted or coerced, with one survey of women who had abortions finding that 64 percent said they felt pressured by others to abort.
The same survey found 80 percent of women said they did not receive the counseling they needed to make a decision — even though more than half said they felt rushed or uncertain about the abortion.
The consequences for those who refuse abortion can be dangerous and even deadly, according to the report, which details cases of women and girls facing violent attacks or murder for resisting abortion.
Studies of death rates among pregnant women in the U.S. have found that homicide is the leading cause of death among pregnant women, the authors say.
The cases detailed in the report represent only a fraction of the more than 200 cases the Elliot Institute has on file of women and girls being attacked or killed with the intent of getting rid of the pregnancy. The updated report contains new cases as well as a new special section on teens and forced abortion.
"Our files contain hundreds of stories from women and girls who were attacked or killed with the intent of getting rid of the pregnancy," said Elliot Institute spokesperson Amy Sobie.
She told LifeNews.com, "We’ve been collecting these stories for more than six years through mainstream media sources and pro-life organizations who have been diligently reporting on these kinds of cases. The information is out there, but many people aren’t aware of what might be going on in their own communities."
Sobie said people might not immediately connect this with abortion because in many cases the woman or girl never makes it to an abortion center — she’s attacked or killed before she even gets there.
"In our opinion, the availability of abortion makes it easier for those around her to think that she shouldn’t be having this baby, and gives those with an interest in getting rid of the unborn child a justification for doing so," she said.
Related web sites:
Forced Abortion in America Report –
Elliot Institute – http://www.afterabortion.org
* Photo source: WBNS-10TV
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