A Florida man who allegedly tried to kill a woman and her unborn baby in a vehicle accident will serve 20 years in prison for the crime.
The Pensacola News Journal reports Onix Afanador, 36, of Pensacola, allegedly attempted to kill a pregnant woman and her unborn baby in 2017.
A court convicted him of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, and, on Friday, a judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison, the report states.
The crime occurred in June 2017 when Afanador was driving with the victim. According to police, he purposefully steered the vehicle into a utility pole in an attempt to kill his pregnant passenger and her unborn baby.
Fortunately, authorities said the woman, who is not named in reports, and her unborn baby were not hurt. From photos, it appears that Afanador was injured.
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According to police, the victim said Afanador threatened to kill her and her unborn baby before the crash. She was 12 weeks pregnant at the time, according to the report.
Violence against pregnant women and their unborn babies is common – even without counting abortion. In the United States, one in six women is first abused during pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Several studies also have linked domestic violence to abortion. In these cases, some women were forced or pressured by partners into having abortions, while others believed having an abortion would help them escape abuse.