When Caroline Craft, 27, became pregnant in 2010, her then boyfriend, 35-year-old police officer Matthew Cherry, insisted she have an abortion. In an angry confrontation, Cherry told Craft that she was “ruining his life” and that she had to abort.
When the couple visited a doctor to confirm the pregnancy, Cherry again made it clear that he did not want the baby. According to’ Matthew Jewell, the prosecutor in the case, “He was vocal and forceful during the consultation. She was subservient and tearful.” The doctor was so troubled by Cherry’s threats and cajoling that she left the meeting to consult with a colleague.
As Craft’s pregnancy advanced, Cherry became more and more insistent that she have an abortion. When the couple went back to the obstetrician a month later, Craft told the doctor that she had given in and would abort, although she didn’t want to and was unhappy about it. Later, she changed her mind and fought to keep her baby.
Cherry began threatening her with violence. During this time, he asked a fellow police officer how to induce a woman to miscarry. Due to his refusal to accept Craft’s pregnancy and her decision to carry to term, the couple broke up.
When Craft was six months pregnant, a hooded assailant broke into her home and attacked her. The attacker, who came to her door posing as the vacuum salesman, forced his way into the apartment, knocked her down and began beating and kicking her. He inflicted multiple punches and kicks to her stomach and abdomen, in a way that prosecutors claimed targeted her unborn child. Prosecutors said the attack was done by someone “forensically aware,” which is in keeping with the defendant’s level of knowledge due to his job as a police officer.
The assailant did not seem to be interested in robbing Craft even though she offered him money and her most valuable possessions. He forced her into the bathroom and said that he was going to tie her up. In the middle of the assault, a visitor knocked on the door, and the attacker fled. The visitor, estate agent Paul Penny, then summoned help. Craft was taken to the hospital, where she was treated for bruises and scratches. Due to the intervention of her visitor, her injuries were not severe, and her unborn baby was unharmed. Three months later, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
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Officers arrested Matthew Cherry for the assault. Cherry maintains his innocence. Domestic violence aimed at women who are pregnant is very common, and pressure to abort often comes from a woman’s partner. In these instances, men use the legality of abortion to exploit their partners and escape their parental responsibilities. Forced abortions make a mockery of “choice.”
LifeNews.com Note: Sarah Terzo is a pro-life liberal who runs ClinicQuotes.com, a web site devoted to exposing the abortion industry.