Authorities in Kenya are questioning a man who allegedly assaulted his mother-in-law for helping his wife abort their unborn baby.
According to a local news report, the man, who is only identified as Davis, allegedly injured his mother-in-law in the neck on Sunday evening. The family lives in Nyamerako village in Bogiakumu ward, Kenya.
Rebecca Nyabuto, a village resident, told a reporter, “The woman had come to check on her daughter who was unwell when the man started beating her up accusing her of helping his wife secure an abortion.”
The mother-in-law was taken to the hospital and treated for a neck injury, according to the report.
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Local authorities said they have not charged the man yet because they still are investigating. However, police said they did call in the man for questioning.
If the story is true, there is a second victim in the case that is not mentioned: the unborn baby.
One can only speculate about the reasons why the wife allegedly aborted her unborn baby. Maybe it had to do with abuse from her husband. No matter what the reason, killing an unborn baby never should be promoted as an answer to a woman’s problems. If a mother is poor, the answer is to provide support for her and her family, not kill one if its members. If she is abused, the answer is to punish the abuser, not a child. Violence never should be promoted as the solution to a problem, especially not violence against a helpless, innocent unborn baby.