Man May Get 25 Years for Trying to Kill Girlfriend’s Unborn Baby

State   |   Sarah Terzo   |   Jun 9, 2012   |   12:36PM   |   Washington, DC

A South Dakota man is on trial and may face up to 25 years in prison for attempting to kill his girlfriend’s unborn baby.

Alfredo Vargas, 34, is facing a charge of attempted fetal homicide after allegedly spiking his girlfriends drink with an herb used to stimulate labor. The herb he used is called “blue cohosh.”  When used to make tea, this herb can stimulate a miscarriage. One pro-abortion website which advocates the use of herbal methods to end pregnancies said of the abortion-causing herbs:

“These are strong powerful herbs, and the essential oils are extremely concentrated and poisonous. ..women have died very painful deaths using small amounts of essential oils internally trying to abort.(1)”

Another pro-abortion website, which gives instructions on how to use the herb to trigger an abortion, cautions women:

“Blue Cohosh has a tendency to stress the kidneys if used in excess. It is not recommended for use by those who have kidney or heart problems of any kind…. Side effects noted elsewhere are pain in the arms & legs, vomiting, and pounding headache.”(2)

Vargas’s girlfriend became suspicious of his intentions and brought one of the drinks he offered her to be tested by police. The police found the blue cohosh extract in the drink and arrested Vargas. It is unknown how much of this dangerous drug the woman was exposed to between February and May of 2010. The attempted abortion failed and the woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Vargas was extradited to Rapid City, South Dakota to stand trial

  1. Tisserand, Robert and Balacs, Tony., Essential Oil Safety – A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Churchill Livingstone, New York, 1995 quoted at
  2. Tiatmat Uni. M 1884 “Herbal Abortion: The Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge” Sage-femme

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