Texas Man Allegedly Used Abortion to Cover Up Pregnancy From Incest

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 2, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Texas Man Allegedly Used Abortion to Cover Up Pregnancy From Incest

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 2
, 2010

Angleton, TX (LifeNews.com) — A Texas man living in Boerne is facing sexual assault charges after police used DNA testing to determine he sexually assaulted a female relative multiple times over more than a decade. The young woman became pregnant at least three times starting when she was 16 and the man tried to cover his tracks with an abortion.

Douglas Wayne Ring, 47, stands accused of multiple counts of sexual assault, Angleton Police Sgt. Kirk Coleman informed The Facts, a Brazoria County publication.

Last week, a grand jury indicted Ring on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of a child and sexual assault and he could face life in prison for the most serious charges.

Ring’s attorney, Richard Haynes, told The Facts, that his client is innocent.

“He took a polygraph and passed it,” Haynes said. “But we’ll see.”

According to the news source, the young woman became pregnant and tried to kill the unborn baby by drinking beach. She was taken to a medical center for that 2003 incident and the unborn child later died.

After finding herself pregnant a second time, allegedly from Ring, he took the young woman to a Houston, Texas abortion center where he forced her to have an abortion.

The news outlet did not say whether the abortion facility ever questioned the woman, asked if she faced pressure to have the abortion, or reported the sexual assault to authorities as is typically required by state laws.

The woman later became pregnant a third time and gave birth to a boy who is now seven and resides with another child and Ring. Child Protective Services may remove the children from the home pending an investigation.

Abortion centers have frequently come under fire for hiding cases of sexual assault and doing abortions on women who are victims without checking to see if they have been pressured to have the abortion.

The Planned Parenthood abortion center in Birmingham, Alabama was placed on probation by the Alabama health department for hiding a potential case of sexual abuse and it eventually fired three staff members as a result.

The center received a one year probation from state officials in February.

As LifeNews.com reported, an undercover video showed a staffer at Planned Parenthood telling a woman who appears to be a victim of statutory rape that "we bend the rules."

The Birmingham Planned Parenthood counselor tells pro-life advocate Lila Rose, who pretends to be a 14-year-old statutory rape victim, that it "does sometimes bend the rules a little bit" rather than report sexual abuse to state authorities.

The video also showed a Planned Parenthood employee telling a woman posing as a teenager how she can evade the state’s parental consent law.


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