by Steven Ertelt
January 24, 2008
Appleton, WI (LifeNews.com) — A Wisconsin man who stands accused of spiking his girlfriend’s drink with a dangerous abortion drug to cause her baby to die has lost his bond after allegedly fleeing the country. Manish Patel forfeited a $750,000 cash bond he posted in December with the help of friends and family after possibly heading back to his native India.
Judge John Des Jardins ruled on Thursday that Patel has given up the rights associated with the bail money and he will issued a second ruling on February 20 about the destination of the money.
The second decision will determine whether the funds go back to the people who helped Patel financially.
Darshana Patel, Manish’s 39 year-old girlfriend, who is unrelated, has filed a request to have some of the bond money go to her to reimburse her for money she alleges Manish took from her.
According to a Gannett Newspapers report, officials also say Patel’s bond should be forfeited because he has attempted to contact Darshana repeatedly since fleeing.
Manish Patel has been charged with attempted first-degree homicide of an unborn child, six other felonies and two misdemeanors. He is accused of obtaining the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug from India and putting it in Darshana’s drink.
Darshana never drank the concoction but turned it over to authorities after suspecting foul play. Tests revealed the presence of the mifepristone abortion drug.
The first crime is a result of a law pro-life advocates pushed for to provide protection and justice for pregnant women and their unborn children when they are victims of attack.
Wisconsin’s Fetal Homicide Law was enacted in 1998.
The law recognizes unborn children as separate victims when they are killed or injured as the result of violence directed toward the unborn child’s mother or the unborn child by a third party. The law applies regardless of the gestational age of the unborn child.
According to the National Right to Life Committee, 35 states recognize the unlawful killing of an unborn child as homicide in at least some circumstances.
Some 25 of those laws protect pregnant women and their unborn children throughout pregnancy and another 10 offer justice only after viability.
Tom Zoesch was representing Manish Patel in the case, but the prominent attorney took his name off earlier this month.
The abortion drug has been responsible for killing 13 women worldwide and injuring another 1,100 in the United States alone.