Father of Unborn Baby Shoots at Pregnant Mom When She Refuses Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 17, 2013   |   10:54AM   |   Dayton, OH

The father of an unborn child shot at the baby’s mother over the weekend after she refused his demands to get an abortion.

Such violence against pregnant women is fairly common when husbands and boyfriends get upset following their partner’s refusal to acquiesce to their demand to have an abortion. Leading pro-life groups have pushed for laws to provide justice for both mother and baby when the unborn child is killed or injured in such an attack, but abortion advocacy groups have resisted such efforts.

Dayton police say Tanner Hopkins, 23, of Dayton, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault and weapons charges. A local television station has more on what happened:

The 18-year-old victim told police she was driving on Guenther Road when Hopkins pulled up next to her at the Hoover Avenue intersection and fired two shots without saying a word.

The woman was not hurt. Police said the slugs were found lodged in the rear driver’s side door.

The victim reported that Hopkins has insisted she get an abortion and he’s mad because she refuses to do that, according to the report.

Police were dispatched to the scene at 11:48 p.m. Sunday.



Officers then tracked Hopkins to his mother’s house in the 2900 block of Edison Street.

According to the report, officers found him in bed with another young woman. An officer then found the alleged weapon used in the incident, a Raven Arms P25, in the suspect’s shorts lying on the floor, police said.

Hopkins was previously convicted of felonious assault in 2009, according to court records.