British Doctor Pleads Not Guilty of Poisoning Former Lover to Cause Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
January 16, 2009
London, England (LifeNews.com) — A British doctor says he is not guilty of attempting to poison a former lover in an attempt to cause her to have an abortion. Metropolitan Police say 43-year-old Edward Erin, a hospital consultant, has been charged with attempting to poison Bella Prowse.
Erin attempted to poison Prowse on three separate occasions in early February, officials say. They indicate he used the drugs methotrexate and diclofenac in the abortion bid and tried to administer them once at her home by putting the drugs in a tea he made for her.
Pro-life advocates say the case shows how legalizing abortion empowers men to try to exert control over pregnant women whom they don’t want to deliver their baby. Many women in Prowse’s situation are pressured into having abortions they wouldn’t otherwise want.
Erin is accused of obtaining and administering drugs to the woman, with whom he formerly had a dating relationship and an extramarital affair.
In October, Erin appeared in Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on October 7 to face the charges of three counts of administering a drug with the intent of producing a miscarriage.
Now, the 43-year-old man, who worked at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington in West London, has pleaded not guilty. Erin has been suspended from his position at the medical center following his arrest.
The London Daily News indicates the trial will start at Inner London Crown Court in October.
Prowse, 32, reportedly gave birth to a healthy baby last October despite the attempts to cause the abortion.
An unnamed representative of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust told the Metro News that Erin is no longer on the official register of physicians with the national health service.
"Dr Edward Erin was excluded from working at the trust in February 2008 when a criminal investigation into allegations made against him began," the spokesman said.
"The investigation is related to an incident in Dr Erin’s private life and is unrelated to Dr Erin’s care of patients," the representative added. "The trust is unable to comment further while legal proceedings are pending."
Erin has also worked at the National Heart and Lung Institute, based at the Royal Brompton Hospital in Hammersmith, West London and was pioneering research into the effect of smoking on the nose.
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