A Pennsylvania man is being charged after he beat and choked his pregnant girlfriend for refusing to have an abortion, according to a local report.
LehighValleyLive.com reports Lenworth Paul Lawrence Jr., of Easton, argued with his girlfriend on Wednesday around 1 a.m. She is pregnant with their second child, according to the report.
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Lawrence during the fight allegedly began swinging and struck the victim in her nose, causing it to bleed. He then began choking her and telling her to abort the unborn infant, court records say.
The victim reportedly told police Lawrence throughout the past few days had been asking her to abort the baby after she told him she was pregnant.
After the fight, Lawrence told the victim to “wash up” and he would return in the morning, records say.
Lawrence is being charged with simple assault and harassment, according to the report.
It is illegal to force a woman to have an abortion, according to Real Alternatives, which administers Pennsylvania’s alternatives to abortion program
“Any physician who performs an abortion on a woman without having her informed consent or without giving her a private medical consultation may be liable to her for damages by law,” according to the organization
Maria Gallagher, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, said reports of violence against women and their unborn children are deeply distressing.
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“No mother should live in fear that she or her child will be physically harmed,” Gallagher told LifeNews.com. “It is gravely wrong to use any type of pressure—emotional, psychological, financial—to coerce a woman to abort. It is all the more heinous when violent means are used to rob a pregnant woman of her right to bring her child into the world.”
Pennsylvania also has a law to protect unborn victims of violence. According to the National Right to Life Committee, in Pennsylvania, “An individual commits criminal homicide in the first, second, or third-degree, or voluntary manslaughter of an ‘unborn child’ if the individual intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or negligently causes the death of an unborn child.”