In Norway, a woman lost her baby after her ex-boyfriend slipped an abortion pill into her smoothie. The man, who remains anonymous, tried to convince his girlfriend on numerous occasions to have an abortion but she refused.
In fact, the 20-year-old woman lost the baby following the man’s second attempt to poison her with an abortion pill. The woman told the court, “He tried several times to convince me to have an abortion but it was not an option for me.” Now the man may face a seven-year jail sentence.
However, the man’s attorney, Tore Angen, believes that sentence is too harsh. He said, “It’s totally wrong with a sentence of seven years, especially considering that he has confessed and has custody over a child from before.” Thankfully, in court the man pleaded guilty to inflicting serious bodily harm and to ending a pregnancy without the mother’s consent. According to the SkyNews, the man explained that he wanted to be sure to terminate the pregnancy after reading that the baby might otherwise suffer deformations from his first abortion attempt. He said, “I felt guilt and remorse, but I thought it was the only possible outcome.”
The prosecutor on the case, Kaja Strandfjord, believes that the man should be punished with the full force of the law. He said, “He imported these substances. All of it was precisely and cynically planned.” The court is expected to rule on March 17.
As LifeNews previously reported, earlier this year a man from Indiana was charged with attempted feticide after mixing abortion-inducing herbs into the drink of his pregnant girlfriend. Indiana law defines feticide as knowingly or intentionally terminating a human pregnancy with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus. The man, Jared Rebuck, told officers he wasn’t in a position to have children financially or mentally.
Rebuck’s girlfriend became suspicious after she noticed her drink tasted funny and found web searches on his phone about natural abortion “treatments.” Even though Rebuck’s baby survived, he could face up to 20-years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Additionally, in Florida John Andrew Welden tricked his pregnant girlfriend into taking an abortion pill by telling her it was an antibiotic. In actuality, the pill was the second drug in the deadly RU-486 abortion regimen.
In order to trick her, first Welden told his girlfriend that she had an infection and then switched the label on the abortion pill so that the medication would appear to be a common antibiotic. Her unborn baby died at 6-weeks old, and Welden was sentenced to 15 years in prison. However, if the state of Florida had passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act before the time of Welden’s crime, he would have faced a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree murder.
As tragic as this story was, it did highlight the importance of legislation that would protect unborn babies and women who are victims of violence. Currently, in the United States 37 states have protective laws in place; and in 2014, Florida passed legislation that recognizes the unlawful killing of an unborn child as homicide in at least some circumstances.