Another man allegedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend after she refused to abort their unborn baby, this time in Rio de Janeiro.
The New York Post reports Lucas Monteiro, 25, allegedly pushed his ex-girlfriend in front of a moving bus because she would not give into his pressure to kill their unborn baby.
A security camera on a nearby building caught Monteiro in the act. It shows him allegedly pushing the woman in front of a bus. The woman can be seen falling under the moving bus and her legs appear to be run over before the bus stops.
The ex-girlfriend is four months pregnant, and she survived. The report does not indicate if her unborn baby was injured.
Monteiro has been arrested for attempted murder. He allegedly wanted her to have the abortion because he is a law student in Canada, and the baby delayed his plans to return to school, according to the report.
Pregnant women face high levels of domestic violence. In the United States, one in six women is first abused during pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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Abortion sometimes is linked to the abuse. Last June, LifeNews reported another gruesome murder case where a North Carolina woman allegedly was murdered by her boyfriend after refusing to abort their child.
In March, a Hawaii jury convicted another man of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend after prosecutors said he stabbed her to death for refusing to abort their unborn child. It does not appear that there were any charges in connection to the unborn child’s death.
And in 2016, a Brooklyn, New York man was sentenced to 32 years in prison for a similar case. A jury found the man guilty of abortion, burglary and assault for beating his pregnant girlfriend and causing the death of their unborn child, LifeNews reported.
Elliot Institute Director David Reardon, who co-authored the Medical Science Monitor study, said, “In many of the cases documented for our ‘Forced Abortion in America’ report, police and witnesses reported that acts of violence and murder took place after the woman refused to abort or because the attacker didn’t want the pregnancy.”
“Even if a woman isn’t physically threatened, she often faces intense pressure, abandonment, lack of support, or emotional blackmail if she doesn’t abort. While abortion is often described as a ‘choice,’ women who’ve been there tell a very different story,” Reardon said.