by Steven Ertelt
January 21, 2005
Toledo, OH (LifeNews.com) — An Ohio woman will spend six years in jail for shooting her boyfriend after he forced her to have an abortion.
Yvonne Jenkins was pregnant again six years after her boyfriend forced her to have an abortion. The couple reportedly engaged in a heated argument after her boyfriend said he wanted Jenkins to have another one.
Wanting only to scare him, Jenkins shot Omar Parker four times with a handgun and she was sentenced yesterday in n Lucas County Common Pleas Court to six year sentence, according to a Toledo Blade report.
Judge Charles Wittenberg said he didn’t believe Jenkins’ self-defense argument since she had invited Parker into her apartment and the two were in bed together when she shot him.
"Conceivably, this could have been a homicide case instead of felonious assault," Judge Wittenberg said, the Blade reported.
Parker was shot twice in the chest, once in the knee and once in the elbow during the August incident. He recovered from the wounds but was not in court during the sentencing.
Jenkins’ attorney, Robert Candiello, said the 28 year-old woman was worried because Parker was often violent and abusive towards her. She is eight months pregnanct with Parker’s child.
Family members told WTOL that Parker often abused Jenkins and she decided to defend herself.
"They’ve had other altercations to where he has done things to her before now and this is just the time where she decided to do what she did," said Nate Jenkins, Yvonne’s father. "In my eyes, I hate to see anybody hurt like that, but I think the situation had to be resolved."
Jenkins is the mother of two daughters, ages 10 and 6. The girls are now living with an aunt.
That Parker would have forced his girlfriend to have an abortion is no surprise to groups that study why women have abortions.
Forced abortions in the U.S. have reached epidemic proportions, according to a special report issued by an organization that studies the impact of abortion on the lives of women.
"The epidemic of coerced, unwanted abortions is rarely reported. Yet every week, thousands of girls and women face threats and abuse from people who want them to abort without regard for their own feelings or desires," the Elliot Institute said in a written statement promoting its 21-page report entitled, "Forced Abortion in America."
An estimated 30 to 60 percent of the women who have abortions feel as if they are being pressured to do so.
In fact, eight out of every ten post-abortive women say they would have given birth, if there had been someone around to support their decision, according to the report.
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"Forced Abortions in America" can be downloaded from