by Steven Ertelt
March 14, 2008
Appleton, WI (LifeNews.com) — A Wisconsin judge has ruled that some of the relatives of a man involved in a forced abortion case can get the money back they loaned him to post bail. Manishkumar Patel has been accused of attempting to force his girlfriend to have an abortion and, after posting $700,000 he appears to have fled the country back to his native India.
Manish Pate, who is 34, stands accused of spiking his girlfriend’s drink with a dangerous abortion drug to cause her baby to die.
Darshana Patel, Manish’s 39 year-old girlfriend who is unrelated to him, was the intended victim along with her unborn child.
Outagamie County Circuit Judge John Des Jardins held a hearing where six relatives showed they are suffering a financial hardship because they lent Patel five-figure sums of money to go towards his bail.
However, according to an AP report, Judge Jardins denied approving the return of some of the bond money to businesses associates. He said they have the option of filing lawsuits against Patel’s business interests to regain the money.
The relatives and business associates said they had no idea where Patel is currently located. The businessman has missed repeated court appearances over the last few months.
In January, Judge Jardins ruled Patel has given up the rights associated with the bail money.
Darshana 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.
Criminal charges in connection with the case will stay open until he returns or is extradited back to the United States to face trial. He 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.
Officials say Patel has attempted to contact Darshana repeatedly since fleeing.
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.