Wisconsin Officials Still Looking for Man Who in Attempted forced Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
May 26, 2010
Appleton, WI (LifeNews.com) — Officials in Wisconsin are still looking for a man who nearly forced his girlfriend to have an abortion and fled the country after he was charged with the act. Manish Patel appears to have gone to another party of the country where he has connections or fled the country back to his native India.
That may have occurred after he posted $750,000 in bond that he raised from friends, family and businesses associates.
He is accused of obtaining the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug from India and putting it in the drink of his girlfriend, Darshana Patel, who is not related to him.
Darshana never drank the concoction but turned it over to authorities after suspecting foul play. Tests revealed the presence of the mifepristone abortion drug.
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.
Outagamie County sheriff’s Sgt. Gary Shortess told the Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper that officials don’t know if Patel is still in the United States or obtained false papers to flee to India.
He indicated the U.S. Marshals Service checked to make sure the county still wanted the international warrant enforced.
"It’s out there and I know the U.S. Marshals Service was still looking for him," Shortess said. "He has a lot of connections in the U.S. Texas, New York."
"I think there is a really good chance that at some point in time he will get picked up. I am confident some day he will get caught," he told the newspaper.
Shortess also said he hopes the case could be picked up by a program like America’s Most Wanted to gain new leads in Patel’s whereabouts.
Capt. Michael Jobe agreed and told the newspaper he thinks Patel will eventually be apprehended.
"I’ve always felt sooner or later somebody would come across him at a car accident or somewhere," he said. "I believe if he is still in the United States somebody will sooner or later will come across him and then we’ll get him back here."
The charges partly come under a state 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.
The abortion drug has been responsible for killing at least 13 women worldwide and injuring another 1,100 in the United States alone.
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