In a sickening case out of California, a man was sentenced to 1,503 years in prison on Friday after he repeatedly raped his daughter and then paid her to abort her unborn child.
A jury found Rene Lopez, 41, of Fresno, California, guilty of 186 counts of sexual assault including a dozen counts of rape of a minor in September, and a judge sentenced him on Friday, according to The Sun.
The daughter, who is not named in reports, is 23 years old now. According to court testimony, her father raped her “two to three times a week” between May 2009 and May 2013, including once on Christmas Day. According to the reports, she was afraid of her father, but she eventually escaped and reported the abuse to police in November 2013.
According to court testimony, Lopez treated his young daughter like “a piece of property and used her to satisfy his sexual needs,” the Fresno Bee reports.
His daughter’s unborn child was a second victim of the abuse. Lopez reportedly paid his daughter to abort her unborn child when she became pregnant by his abuse.
“When my father abused me, I was young. I had no power, no voice. I was defenseless,” the daughter told the court.
Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr. also said Lopez actually blamed his daughter for him getting in trouble, and never showed any sorrow for his actions. Sarkisian described Lopez as a “serious danger to society.”
According to the report, Lopez’s sentence is believed to be the longest in Fresno Superior Court history.
Lopez did not testify during the trial, according to the report. In a letter to the judge, Lopez argued that he did not receive a fair trial and that his daughter lied during her testimony.
Sexual abusers often use abortion to cover up their crimes, and sometimes abortion facilities ignore or even help to cover up the abuse.
In an Ohio case from 2012, Planned Parenthood staffers failed to report a father’s sexual abuse of his 13-year-old daughter – resulting in his continued abuse of his daughter for another year. According to a staffer’s handwritten note, their policy is “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
In another case out of Ohio, a 14-year-old girl was impregnated by her 22-year-old soccer coach, a man that she and her parents trusted. The coach took her to Planned Parenthood, which allowed him to sign for the minor’s abortion in place of her parents and to speed up the process and perform the abortion quickly in violation of the state’s 24-hour waiting period. Planned Parenthood staffers didn’t report the sexual abuse to the authorities either – leaving the coach with the opportunity to continue molesting his victim.
In March, an Indiana abortion facility closed after abortionist Ulrich Klopfer failed to report suspected cases of statutory rape of two young teenage girls, one who was 13 years old. Klopfer was criminally charged and lost his license to practice medicine in Indiana.
Undercover investigations by Live Action revealed a number of abortion facilities, including Planned Parenthoods, also were willing to help cover up child sex trafficking and statutory rape of minors.
Several studies also have linked domestic violence to abortion. In these cases, some women were forced or pressured into having abortions, while others believed having an abortion would help them escape abuse. The study found that almost 40 percent of the women seeking abortions had a history of physical abuse and relationship issues. However, a Canadian study found that half of the women who went to an abortion clinic said they were not screened for abuse.