Man Gets Five Years in Prison for Spiking Girlfriend’s Drink to Cause Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt, Sarah Terzo   |   Nov 5, 2013   |   6:50PM   |   Rapid City, SD

It took a jury in Rapid City, South Dakota only four hours to find Alfredo Vargas guilty of attempted fetal homicide. He could have faced up to 25 years in prison but, instead, he will be sentenced to five years.

KELO reports: “Judge Janine Kern said during Monday’s sentencing that Vargas showed no remorse for his actions, and she sentenced him to 10 years in prison with half of the time suspended. Defense attorney Jamy Patterson says Vargas will appeal.

“Prosecutor Scott Roetzel asked Kern to order Vargas to pay nearly $15,000 for expert witnesses and the cost of extraditing him from Puerto Rico. A hearing is scheduled Thursday. Vargas’ former girlfriend gave birth to a healthy baby boy in October 2010,” the report adds.

Vargas was convicted on 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.

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.



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.”