by Steven Ertelt
April 13, 2008
Hollidaysburg, PA (LifeNews.com) — A Pennsylvania girl is the victim of an attempted forced abortion and both state and local officials are looking for the culprit. Whomever tried to spike the unnamed teen’s drink is at large after lacing the drink with a drug normally used to abort pregnancies in cows that appears to have been stolen.
Someone tainted the girls’ drink on March 31 at Williamsburg High School, a state trooper told the Associated Press.
Authorities are considering the crime an aggravated assault against both the girl and her unborn child.
Officials told the news agency a drug and syringe were reported stolen from a farm in Huston Township.
The crime brings to mind the increasing phenomenon of attacks on pregnant women and their unborn children that first captured the nation’s attention with the deaths of Laci and Conner Peterson.
Pennsylvania is one of 36 states with an unborn victims law promoted by pro-life groups that provides both protection and justice for unborn children. The laws allow prosecutors to bring forth charges for the death of or injury to both mother and unborn baby.
Some 25 states, including Pennsylvania, offer that protection and justice throughout pregnancy.
A 1997 Pennsylvania law indicates a criminal commits criminal homicide in the first, second, or third-degree, or voluntary manslaughter of an "unborn child" if the individual intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or negligently causes the death of an unborn child.
On December 27, 2006, in the case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Bullock (J-43-2006), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously rejected an array of constitutional challenges to the law, including claims based on Roe v. Wade and equal protection doctrine.
This is not the first time someone has attempted to use drugs meant for abortions in animals to cause a woman to have an abortion against her will.
William Stanley Sutton III, a 25-year-old Maryland man, was taken into police custody in August after being accused of spiking his pregnant girlfriend’s drink with a cattle hormone in an attempt to cause an abortion.
Sutton 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.
Tucker drank the concoction and reported to doctors later that it tasted foul and burned her throat as she drank it. She told police Sutton told her that the soft drink would help her upset stomach.
Sutton is the father of the baby and Tucker told authorities he wanted her to have an abortion. She refused.