Wisconsin Man Charged With Trying to Cause Girlfriend to Have Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 28, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Wisconsin Man Charged With Trying to Cause Girlfriend to Have Abortion

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 28,

Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — A Wisconsin man has been charged with trying to get his girlfriend to have an abortion by secretly slipping her the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug. The 34-year-old man, Manishkumar M. Patel, from Outagamie County faces multiple charges for trying to cause her to abort his twin babies.

Sheriff’s investigators say the man tried to cause the abortion by putting the drug into some food she was eating.

Patel is expected to be charged today with first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child, second-degree reckless endangerment, placing foreign objects in edibles, delivery of a prescription drug, stalking, burglary, possession of burglarious tools and knowingly violating a harassment restraining order.

According to the local Fox 11 television station there, investigation in the case began earlier this month when the unnamed woman reported the suspected forced abortion attempt to authorities.

She said she thought he had given her the mifepristone, or RU 486 abortion drug, which has been responsible for the deaths of thirteen women worldwide (and six in the United States) and injuring more than 1,100 women in the U.S. alone.

The station reported that Patel admitted to authorities he gave the woman the abortion drug.

Patel is expected to make an initial court appearance this afternoon, according to the Outagamie County District Attorney’s office.

Pro-life advocates have been concerned about the growing number of cases involving men trying to cause their partners to have abortions.

In October, a Virginia man was sentenced to five years in prison trying to cause his girlfriend to have an abortion. Daniel Riase, 21, was charged with trying to poison his girlfriend and administering a drug with the intention of causing an abortion or miscarriage.

Riase was arrested on February 25 when spiked his girlfriend’s drink and caused the abortion.

Hampton Police Cpl. Allison Good indicated that Riase allegedly crushed two misoprostol pills, used in the abortion drug RU 486, and put them in the drink of his 19-year-old partner I-Sharii Best. He purchased the drugs online.

A teenager in New Zealand appeared in court in August on charges that he assaulted his pregnant girlfriend and killed her unborn child after she refused to have an abortion.

And a Maryland man is in police custody after being accused of spiking his pregnant girlfriend’s drink with a cattle hormone in an attempt to cause an abortion.

In this case, 25-year-old William Stanley Sutton III added the ProstaMate to a soft drink his 21-year-old girlfriend Lauren Ashley Tucker was about to consume. The chemical is given to cows to stimulate pregnancy or cause an abortion in certain circumstances.