Student Kills His Pregnant Girlfriend. “I Decided to Kill Her For Refusing to Agree to an Abortion”

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 28, 2018   |   10:23AM   |   Nigeria

A story being reported in Nigeria is further evidence of the violence surrounding abortion.

Premium Times Nigeria reports a college student recently admitted to murdering his pregnant girlfriend after she refused to abort their unborn child.

Ringim Ismail, 22, allegedly slit the throat of Salamatu Garba, 22, of Kofar Gabas quarter in Jahun LGA of Jigawa State, killing their unborn child as well, according to the report.

Ismail said Garba was four months pregnant with their unborn child.

Here’s more from the report:

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday from his police cell, the 22-year-old suspect said he was in a relationship with the 22-year-old for over eight years with a view to consummating the relationship into marriage.

According to him, they made an unsuccessful attempt to abort the pregnancy when it was three-month- old, adding that the deceased however refused his pressure to attempt the abortion again two months later. …

Police spokesperson in Jigawa State, Abdu Jinjiri, said the suspect will be charged to court to face the wrath of the law.

Pregnant women face high levels of domestic violence across the world and in the United States. One in six women is first abused during pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Sometimes the abuse occurs after the woman refuses her partner’s demands to have an abortion, as it did with a Pennsylvania case in 2015.

LifeNews has reported a number of cases where sexual abuse victims were forced or coerced to abort their unborn babies by their abusers. Studies of victims of sex trafficking indicate they often are pressured to abort their unborn babies so they can continue working.

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.

A 2011 study in The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist found that almost 40 percent of the women seeking abortions had a history of physical abuse and relationship issues.

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A 2004 study in the Medical Science Monitor found that 64 percent of abortions are coerced, typically by the partner. Another study found that 50 percent of women who had abortions said they felt pressured by a partner, parent or other significant person in their life. Victims of sex trafficking also report that their abusers frequently force them to have abortions.