In Pennsylvania, police say a man offered his babysitter $100 to assault his ex-girlfriend and cause her to miscarry their unborn child. On Tuesday, John Frazier was arrested on charges of criminal solicitation to commit homicide of an unborn child and other offenses. However, he was released on bail pending his preliminary hearing on March 10th.
Thankfully, Pennsylvania law makes it a crime to cause the death of a baby inside a mother’s womb. The unborn victims law is one of dozens around the nation, according to Americans United For Life (AUL), which tracks pro-life legislation. AUL notes, “Clearly, fetal protection laws establish much needed legal protection for unborn children. While such laws do not directly impact abortion, they do cultivate an awareness of the value and rights of unborn children and foster public support for the protection of unborn children.”
According to the police report, Frazier asked his baby sitter neighbor for help after his ex-girlfriend refused to have an abortion or give the child up for adoption. The babysitter was appalled and immediately refused. In the past, Frazier physically abused his ex-girlfriend and sent her text messages saying he hated her and wished she was dead.
Prior to the incident, Frazier said, “You don’t wanna do an abortion or adoption, so I guess I’ll be in jail.” In a text message he added, “You get the abortion or I will do it myself. You made me hate you. You made me choke you and I wish you was dead…don’t test me, (expletive).”
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Unfortunately, incidents like this are not uncommon; in fact, 64% of women say that have felt pressure to abort and usually, partners or parents initiate coercion.
For example, a 16-year-old girl who was 10-weeks pregnant won a case in Texas Family Court after her parents forced her to get an abortion. When the girl’s parents found out she was pregnant, they took measures to make her life miserable unless she agreed to have the abortion. They took away her phone and her car; they took her out of school; they forced her to get two jobs. The parents subjected the girl to verbal and physical threats; her mother even spoke of slipping her an abortion drug without her knowledge.
Elliot Institute director David Reardon, who co-authored a Medical Science Monitor study of American and Russian women with the 64 percent figure, said, “In many of the cases documented for our ‘Forced Abortion in America’ report, police and witnesses reported that acts of violence and murder took place after the woman refused to abort or because the attacker didn’t want the pregnancy.”
He concluded, “Even if a woman isn’t physically threatened, she often faces intense pressure, abandonment, lack of support, or emotional blackmail if she doesn’t abort. While abortion is often described as a ‘choice,’ women who’ve been there tell a very different story.”