An Alaska man is charged with attempting to make his wife have an abortion when he attacked her with the intent to cause her to have a miscarriage of their unborn child.
Police reportedly went to the couple’s home just before 10 p.m. Tuesday after receiving calls about a domestic violence problem.
Green’s wife, who has not been named, told police she and her husband were discussing the state of their marriage and the unborn child when he suddenly punched her in the stomach and threw her down on the floor. Documents police officials filed with the court say Green then tried to squeeze and twist his wife’s abdomen in an attempt to cause an abortion and kill the unborn child.
The newspaper indicated Green later told police he did it because he would not work with him on plans for the pregnancy.
An Associated Press report indicates Green has no prior criminal record and would be represented in court by a public defender.
Alaska is one of 25 states that provide full protection for women and unborn children who are victims of violence crimes like this, according to the National Right to Life Committee. Attempted murder of an unborn child carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Alaska Statutes 11.41 establishes the crimes of “murder of an unborn child,” “manslaughter of an unborn child,” “criminally negligent homicide of an unborn child,” and “assault of an unborn child.” Alaska Statutes 11.81.900(b) defines “unborn child” as “a member of species Homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”
Congress passed, and President George W. Bush signed, a national unborn victims bill into law that provides for the personhood of unborn children vis-a-vis violent crimes during pregnancy. The legislation came after Laci Peterson and her unborn son Connor were killed by her husband Scott Peterson during her eighth month of pregnancy.
Another 10 states have laws that protect women and unborn children during a portion of pregnancy but not all of it.