No Jail Time for Man Who Beat His Pregnant Wife, Threatened to Force Her to Abort

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 17, 2014   |   1:55PM   |   Santa Fe, NM

A Santa Fe, New Mexico man has received only probation — and no jail time — after beating and threatening to kill his pregnant wife and telling her he would ensure she had an abortion.

According to the Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office, 29 year-old Francisco Jasso was arrested in January after  beating and threatening to violently kill his pregnant wife and her unborn baby.  The 26 year-old victim told authorities that her husband attacked her, hitting her multiple times in the face, held her against her will and even threatened her life and her unborn child’s life saying, “I’m going to make sure you have an abortion before I leave.”

franciscojassoAfter making the threat, the victim claims Jasso then went to the kitchen grabbed a large kitchen knife and when she tried to leave, threatened to stab her. She says he then dragged her outside by her hair and destroyed her cell phone before bringing her back inside the residence and beating her again.

Jasso was originally charged with assault with the intent to commit murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery against a household member, and interference with communications.

In September Jasso pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors: battery and assault against a household member will get probation rather than prison time under the terms of a plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office.

Mark Crutcher, President of Life Dynamics, Inc., a national pro-life organization that has documented that violence inflicted on pregnant women by pro-choice men who want their pregnancy aborted is nothing new, talked about the case in an email to LifeNews.

Crutcher says, “The early feminist leaders in this country were openly opposed to the legalization of abortion.  They understood that legalized abortion has nothing to do with women’s equality.  Women don’t need surgery to be equal to men.  What abortion is, is a safety net for sexually predatory and sexually irresponsible males.  What happens when men use abortion as a sort of safety net?  What do they do when the woman they’ve impregnated won’t jump into the net?”

Crutcher states:

“Over the years, we have acquired tape recordings of National Abortion Federation (NAF) conventions in which discussions about women being forced to have abortions were held. The prevailing attitude expressed in these sessions may best be described as one of “convenient indifference.” Attendees will acknowledge the problem’s existence and talk about it in disapproving tones, while making it clear that they feel no obligation to let it influence the way they deal with these women. Their philosophical position seems to be that, even if a woman chooses to have an abortion she doesn’t want because of threats from others, it remains within the “pro-choice” purview since she was still the one who ultimately made the decision. In fact, on the NAF tapes mentioned above, some abortion clinic employees can be heard paraphrasing this very argument and using it to justify their habit of looking the other way. It is a truly bizarre rationalization analogous to saying that women who submit to sexual relations at the point of a gun are not really being raped since, technically, they are consenting.”

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Crutcher points at out that although there have been Herculean efforts by the abortion lobby to call for the protection of abortion providers against violence, they fail to make the same effort to protect these women from violence, “For political and public relations reasons, those who most loudly proclaim “a woman’s right to choose,” have shown no interest in “a woman’s right not to choose.” On one hand, they may not approve of women being bludgeoned or killed for refusing to have abortions. But on the other hand, they have made it clear that they are willing to write-off these women as just collateral damage in the war to keep abortion legal.”

Crutcher warns women, “So if you are female, before you jump into bed with someone, it would be a good idea to find out his position on abortion.  After all, you don’t want to be like the women listed here and find out the hard way that the kind of man who can be pro-choice about your baby could also be pro-choice about you.”