A Wisconsin man faces attempted first-degree murder charges after he allegedly slipped abortion drugs into his pregnant ex-girlfriend’s drink to kill their unborn baby.
WAOW News reports Jeffrey S. Smith, 32, of Wisconsin Rapids, allegedly pressured his girlfriend to abort their unborn baby repeatedly. When she did not, he apparently took the matter into his own hands.
According to a criminal complaint, Smith attempted to kill the unborn baby on Jan. 27 by putting the abortion drug mifepristone in the woman’s water bottle when she was not looking.
The woman, who is not named in reports, was 20 weeks pregnant at the time. She told police that she noticed “residue” in the bottom of the water bottle and did not drink it. According to police, she brought the bottle to authorities after Smith left, suspicious that he may have been trying to kill her unborn child.
Here’s more from the report:
Testing found the prescription drug Mifepristone in the water.
Dr. Paul Kerns, an Aspirus Hospital specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, told investigators the drug has only one purpose – to terminate a pregnancy – by blocking a hormone essential for the healthy development of a fetus, essentially causing it to die, the complaint said.
Smith is to make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon. He is also charged with felony delivery of a prescription drug.
Authorities also obtained text messages from Smith urging the woman to abort the baby. He wrote, “it’s for the best,” “you take a pill…They watch you do it. It’s that simple. Side affects [sic] are virtually 0.” However, she refused.
Police also found a package labeled misoprostol in Smith’s house after the incident, according to the report. In the United States, misoprostol and mifepristone often are used together for abortions in the first trimester.
Authorities said they are not sure how Smith obtained the abortion drugs.
In America, mifepristone is a prescription abortion drug that women are supposed to take in front of a doctor. However, an abortion advocacy group in the Netherlands sends the drugs by mail to people across the world.
LifeNews has reported several similar cases in the past few years. In late 2017, a Virginia doctor also was accused of spiking his pregnant girlfriend’s drink with an abortion drug, killing their unborn child. He is scheduled to stand trial in March.
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A very similar case occurred in Florida several years ago when John Andrew Weldon tricked his girlfriend, Remee Lee, into taking abortion drugs, killing her unborn baby. Welden was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Responding to the crime, Florida lawmakers passed an Unborn Victims of Violence law to protect unborn babies in such cases.
LifeNews also reported the story of a New York man, Josh Woodward, who was convicted of attempted murder after he secretly gave his pregnant girlfriend an abortion drug that caused the death of their 13-week unborn child. Woodward’s girlfriend said she refused to abort their unborn baby, even though he was constantly pressuring her.
Forced abortions are a rarely discussed atrocity that occur more often that people realize. As LifeNews previously reported, one study found that as many as 64 percent of post-abortive women say they felt pressure to have an abortion.
Many pro-life advocates are concerned that these abuses could grow worse if abortion activists succeed in forcing pharmacies to dispense abortion drugs or allowing them to be distributed by mail-order. The ACLU and Hawaiian abortion activists are suing the federal government in a case that could force every pharmacy in America to sell dangerous abortion drugs.