Nigerian authorities have arrested a man after he allegedly slipped his pregnant girlfriend a homemade abortion concoction that killed her and their unborn child.
The unnamed man and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Wunmi Agbeluyi, allegedly discussed having an abortion after Wunmi discovered she was pregnant, according to Umu Afrika. The young woman was an undergraduate student at the National Diploma Science Laboratory Technology, the report states.
The boyfriend, described as an herbalist, allegedly made a homemade abortion drug for Wunmi to drink, the report states. A few days after taking it, the young woman developed severe stomach pains and was taken to the hospital where a doctor attempted to “flush out” her unborn child, according to the report. She later was moved to another hospital where she died, the report states.
Wunmi’s sister Funke said the young woman was not aware that the homemade drug that her boyfriend gave her was intended to kill their unborn child.
The boyfriend and the doctor that helped to flush out her unborn child both were arrested and are being questioned by the Nigerian Special Investigative Bureau, according to the report.
It is tragically common for the fathers of unborn babies to pressure women to abort their child or even secretly slip women an abortion drug. In Norway, a woman lost her baby after her ex-boyfriend secretly put an abortion pill into her smoothie, LifeNews reported earlier this year. In another case from this year, a man from Indiana was was charged with attempted feticide after mixing abortion-inducing herbs into the drink of his pregnant girlfriend.
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.
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 these stories are, they highlight the importance of legislation that protects 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.