by Steven Ertelt
February 26, 2008
Stockholm, Sweden (LifeNews.com) — An appeals court in Sweden has sentenced a man there to 18 months in prison for forcing his girlfriend to have an abortion by spiking her drink. The 27-year-old man mixed abortion pills in the woman’s food in an attempt to make her have a miscarriage of his child.
The man did not want his girlfriend to have the baby even though she had indicated she wanted to keep the baby.
The appeals court raised the sentence the man received from a district court from one year to two and said he was guilty of aggravated assault.
The Court of Appeal for Western Sweden also charged the man with a second minor assault count, saying he put the abortion drugs in a yogurt his girlfriend of eight years consumed.
According to an AP report, the woman ate the concoction and suffered severe stomach pains and vaginal bleeding as a result. She later had an abortion because of concerns the baby was injured from the drugs.
Lars Boberg, the man’s attorney, told AP he plans to appeal the ruling.
The decisions follows an American case where 34-year-old Manish Patel stands accused of spiking his girlfriend’s drink with a dangerous abortion drug to cause her baby to die.
Patel has allegedly fled the country to his native India to avoid prosecution and he has forfeited a $750,000 cash bond he posted in December with the help of friends and family.
A hearing is scheduled in March to determine if they should receive their money or if some of it should be awarded to the victim, Darshana Patel, Manish’s 39 year-old girlfriend who is unrelated to him.
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.