Teen in Baseball Bat Abortion Case Gets Probation, Must Help CPC

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 30, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Teen in Baseball Bat Abortion Case Gets Probation, Must Help CPC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 30, 2005

Mount Clemens, MI (LifeNews.com) — A teenager who use a souvenir baseball bat to his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach and cause a miscarriage has been given probation by a local judge and sentenced to perform community service by volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center.

The 17 year-old pleaded no contest to the charge of intentional conduct against a pregnant person in August in the case that has drawn national attention.

Police say the teen’s girlfriend wanted to end the pregnancy and consented to the beatings, which took place over two weeks. She was not charged because the Michigan unborn victims law used to prosecute the boy excludes women.

Juvenile Judge Matthew Switalski sentenced the teen to probation until he is 19 and ordered him to perform 200 hours of community service at the Compassion Pregnancy Center, a pregnancy help center which aids women and helps them choose abortion alternatives.

According to the Associated Press, the teen’s attorney, abortion advocate Miranda Massie, complained that he shouldn’t be required to volunteer at the center because it opposes abortion. Massie has blamed pro-life laws requiring parental notification for abortions for leading to the incident.

Judge Switalski said he saw nothing wrong with the type of community service.

"If the message is ‘What can we do to help save the pregnancy?’ I’m not going to take issue with that message," he said, according to the AP report.

The miscarriage occurred six months into the pregnancy in October 2004. The teens, with the help of the boy’s mother, buried the unborn child in their backyard. Police were informed of the situation when the girl spoke about it at a high school leadership conference.