In England, a man who got a 14-year-old girl pregnant after they had been drinking and smoking Marijuana has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison. Initially, Nicholas Cowen denied that he had sexual activity with the child but later changed his plea to guilty.
The prosecutor on the case, Sharon Bahia said, “The defendant is now 30. He had intercourse with the girl when she was 14. He was well aware of her age.”
After the rape, Cowen told the girl not to tell anyone because then he would go to jail. However, the girl became pregnant and her mother took her to the police station to make an official complaint.
Unfortunately, the girl had an abortion and a DNA analysis of the aborted baby proved that Cowen was the father.
Matthew Barnes, defending, said: “Mr Cowen regrettably delayed until said, “Mr Cowen regrettably delayed until today to accept what on this evidence a jury would have found inevitably that he was responsible for this pregnancy. But Mr Cowen did not groom this victim. He did not set out to corrupt her, and this single act of consensual sexual intercourse did not corrupt her in any way.”
He added that Cowen had suffered emotional losses lost his mother when he was a child and was then badly affected by the death of his father. He had managed to get himself emotionally straight and had found stability with his partner, with whom he was happy, but something then happened which caused the relationship to end.
That was a matter of weeks before the offence, which took place at the time when he was at a particularly low ebb.
Jailing Cowen and ordering him to register as a sex offender for life, Recorder Adrian Redgrave QC told him: “It is very late for you to have come to accept your responsibility for this offence. Nevertheless, I shall give you some credit for your plea of guilty.
“But you know that this offence is the more serious because of her age, which you knew, and because of the fact that she became pregnant and had to have an abortion.”
In the United Kingdom, minors can get an abortion without the consent of a parent. While most people agree that parental involvement is imperative, the abortion industry has historically lobbied against measures to protect underage girls.
For example, in the United States, Planned Parenthood has opposed parental involvement laws in 21 states. And what’s worse is in states where parental consent laws are in place, they’ve violated them and put minors at risk. If girls under the age of 16 need parental consent before having medical treatment and surgery, abortion should not be an exception.