Florida Man Assaults Pregnant Woman Who Refuses to Have Abortion of His Baby

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 23, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Florida Man Assaults Pregnant Woman Who Refuses to Have Abortion of His Baby

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 23
, 2009

Gainesville, FL (LifeNews.com) — Yet another case has occurred across the nation involving a man who attacks or kills his partner when she refuses an abortion. This time, Charles Daniels Jr., a 34-year-old man from Florida, stands accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend when she refused his abortion request.

Alachua County deputies arrested Daniels over the weekend on charges that he assaulted and sexually battered an unnamed 36-year-old Gainesville woman.

The Gainesville Sun newspaper says officers arrested Daniels on Saturday and that he is being held in jail pending a $70,000 bond.

The newspaper indicates the arrest warrant contends Daniels hit the woman, puts his hands around her throat and told her she would never see her children again. He had reportedly dated the woman only a week and attacked her when he learned she was pregnant with a baby who wasn’t his.

The woman, who was treated for pain and bleeding at a local medical facility, said Daniels had been abusing drugs at the time he attacked her.

Florida is one of 35 states with laws on the books to offer protection and additional justice when pregnant mothers and their unborn children are victims of violence.

The unlawful killing of an "unborn quick child" is murder in the same degree as if committed against the mother, Florida law says. Other provisions cover the killing of an "unborn quick child" as manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and DUI manslaughter.

The term "unborn quick child" is the same as the term "viable fetus," which is defined in the following way: "… a fetus is viable when it becomes capable of meaningful life outside the womb through standard medical measures."

Some 25 of the 35 states offer complete protection for mothers and unborn babies throughout the pregnancy in cases when mother and child either die or are injured in the attack.

The Florida case follows the recent conviction of a Virginia man who tried to hire a hitman to kill his pregnant girlfriend and her baby and the arrest of an Oregon woman who killed a pregnant mother and stole her eight-month-old unborn child, who died later.

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