A young man in India is being accused of forcing his teenage girlfriend to abort their unborn baby with a dangerous chemical abortion drug.
The India Daily News & Analysis reports that Mumbai police are not sure how 16-year-old Radhe Singh obtained a medical abortion kit for his pregnant girlfriend. Singh faces charges of causing a miscarriage and rape, authorities said.
Singh and his unnamed 17-year-old girlfriend were neighbors, the report states. When the girlfriend was five months pregnant with their unborn child, Singh allegedly obtained a medical termination pregnancy (MTP) kit and forced her to take it, according to the report.
Singh’s girlfriend said he bought the MTP abortion kit from a medical store; however, India law requires that the dangerous abortion drugs be prescribed by a registered medical practitioner.
About a week went by before the girlfriend’s sister noticed that she was bleeding severely and her health was deteriorating rapidly, according to the report. Her family took her to the hospital where she miscarried the aborted baby, according to the report.
Last year, another Indian teenage girl reportedly died after being forced to consume an abortifacient by a man who had allegedly sexually exploited her “several times.”
While reports are unclear about what the abortion drugs were, the common RU-486 abortion drug regimen can have deadly complications for women as well as their unborn babies.
In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration quietly released a report about the deaths of and injuries to women from the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug. The report indicates 14 women in the United States alone have died from using the mifepristone abortion drug, and 2,207 women have been injured by it.