by Steven Ertelt
January 10, 2008
Wayne, MI (LifeNews.com) — A Michigan man is in police custody after he allegedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend and repeatedly kicked her in the stomach after she refused his suggestion to have an abortion. The case is one of many that occur on a monthly basis where men attack pregnant women who won’t go along with an abortion request.
In this case, an unidentified 24-year-old Wayne resident had a disagreement with his 19-year-old Texas girlfriend over having an abortion.
Witnesses told police that the two argued on January 3 at a local apartment complex that was the home of a friend.
After the argument became heated, Lt. Dan Karrick of the Westland Police Department told the Journal newspaper that the man grabbed his girlfriend by the throat, threw her to the ground, and punched and kicked her numerous times in the stomach in an attempt to hurt or kill her baby.
Officials say the woman gave birth to the infant prematurely on Saturday and that hospital staff could not save the child’s life.
“She was released out of the hospital Saturday evening,” said Karrick.
The woman has returned to Texas, the Journal newspaper reported and the man voluntarily turned himself over to Michigan officials. His name has not been released but the suspect has an arraignment forthcoming and charges are expected today or tomorrow.
Currently, 35 states have laws that recognize crimes against unborn children and hold criminals accountable for injuring or killing both mother and child, according to the National Right to Life Committee.
A 1999 Michigan law provides felony penalties for actions that intentionally, or in wanton or willful disregard for consequences, cause a "miscarriage or stillbirth," or cause "aggravated physical injury to an embryo or fetus."
Such laws have been upheld in both state and federal courts in other states.