Man Rapes Partner in Front of Their Children After She Refuses Abortion Demand
by Steven Ertelt
September 1, 2010
Philadelphia, PA (LifeNews.com) — A Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting his partner in front of their children after she refused his demand to get an abortion. Thomas O. Hill reportedly raped his unnamed partner on Sunday after she disclosed that she was newly pregnant.
The Philadelphia Daily News indicates police officials say Hill, a former convict, is already the father of two children with the woman.
When he learned he would be a father again, Hill told his partner he wanted her to get an abortion. She refused and Hill began sexually assaulting her in the couple’s bedroom where three children, including the two the couple had together, were sleeping.
"He got pissed off at her," Cinnaminson Police Det. Sgt William Covert, told the Daily News, adding that one of the children was pushed off the bed during the assault.
"She’s claiming he raped her and he says otherwise," Covert said, but he said the woman, who is 4-6 weeks pregnant, showed evidence of injuries consistent with a sexual assault.
Maria Vitale, the education director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation told LifeNews.com she is saddened but not surprised to hear of the latest tale of a man attempting to force his wife or girlfriend into having an abortion.
Forced abortions are a hidden tragedy in America," she said. "All too often, threats of violence are forcing women to seek abortions against their will."
"This is why the pro-choice stand is such a travesty of justice. Frequently, the woman who ends up at an abortion facility feels as if she has no choice at all," Vitale added.
The Daily News indicates Hill is currently held at the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly on $75,000 bail. He reportedly faces charges of sexual assault, aggravated assault, restraint, terroristic threats and endangering the welfare of a child.
The New Jersey Department of Corrections indicates Hill spent five months in prison after a conviction last year on charges of threatening someone.
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