West Virginia Man Assaults Girlfriend After Abortion Refusal

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 4, 2011   |   7:18PM   |   Charleston, WV

A West Virginia man faces charges from police that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend after she refused his request to get an abortion upon learning of her pregnancy. Police say 48-year-old Bruce Cook told his ex-girlfriend to get an abortion and, when she told him she planned to have the baby, he sexually assaulted her.

The incident, according to the Charleston Daily Mail newspaper, took place last Saturday at Cook’s apartment.  The Daily Mail reported that Cook’s former girlfriend, whose name has not been released, is three months pregnant by another man. Officers say the woman told them that Cook told her to have the abortion and held a knife to her stomach and made the request again saying he would abort the baby if she didn’t.

The complaint against Cook, filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court, indicates Cook then picked up his former girlfriend and carried her to a bed where he began sexually molesting her. Despite her pleas to stop, he refused. The woman was finally escape to get away and fled the scene — where she later contacted police about the incident.

Cook faces charges of first-degree sexual assault and is currently held at South Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond.

Incidents of assault and homicide of pregnant women following abortion refusals are more common than most Americans likely believe.

LifeNews.com reported on a Utah man who formerly lived in western Colorado who stands accused of giving his pregnant girlfriend the second part of the two-part abortion drug in an attempt to force her to have an abortion.

In this case, 31-year-old Jared Merril Ahlstrom appeared in Mesa County District Court on Tuesday where he faces a felony charge of unlawful termination of pregnancy. The drug eventually caused a miscarriage and the death of the unborn child.

In December, a Seattle-area man found himself in police custody after allegedly killing his girlfriend and their infant daughter after the woman refused his request to get an abortion.

Daniel Thomas Hicks is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Jennifer “J” Morgan and 13-month-old Ema Morgan.

Hicks was charged after he was apprehended following the discovery of the bodies by Morgan’s mother and cooperation with other relatives who aided them in locating Hicks.

Legal papers the Times obtained say Hicks wanted Morgan to have an abortion and claimed she “was just trying to trap him with the pregnancy.” They say Hicks made several threats about killing Morgan and himself.