New details about a pregnant woman’s suicide indicate that she killed herself because her boyfriend was pressuring her to have an abortion.
Cassie Turton committed suicide in February 2014, and a British court inquest into her death is revealing new information about why she took her life, according to The Daily Mail.
The 26-year-old English waitress dated her boyfriend Michael Fysh for about six months before she became pregnant, according to the report.
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Her mother Sandra Hammond-Grant, 52, told the inquest at King’s Lynn County Court: “He made it known to her that he wasn’t interested in having any more [children].
“If she did not get rid of it he would dump her. This is why she felt as down as she did.”
Turton committed suicide on Feb. 13, 2014 by overdosing on prescription drugs. She was eight-weeks pregnant, according to the report.
Her boyfriend told the court that Turton became “unwell and sad” because she thought he was seeing other women. He said they had a disagreement the evening of her suicide, and he left the apartment.
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Fysh said he called Turton’s mother about the situation; and her mother called a family friend to check on her daughter, according to the report. But by the time Turton was found and rushed to the hospital, it was too late for her and her unborn baby, the report states. They died the next day, Feb. 14.
Pregnant women frequently are pressured into having an abortion, multiple studies have found. One U.S. study found that at least half of all women who have abortions were coerced to do so against their wishes.
Currently, 11 U.S. states have some form of coercive abuse prevention laws, with varying definitions and degrees of protection.