An Alaska man is behind bars after he allegedly kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach and demanded that she abort her unborn baby.
KTVA reports Dylan O. Atchak, 22, allegedly broke into the woman’s apartment in Anchorage on June 6 when she and her children were home. The report does not include any details about what their relationship was.
According to police, Atchak broke down the door and then grabbed the woman’s phone and broke it when she called the police.
Police said the young man slapped the woman in the face several times and then kicked her in the stomach.
“He kicked [the victim] in the stomach several times,” according to local authorities. “[She] recalls Atchak telling her to ‘get an abortion’ because he knew she was pregnant.”
Here’s more from the report:
After the assault, the woman said, Atchak sat her on a couch in the home.
“When police arrived, he told her to tell him he was gone,” prosecutors wrote. “[She] told police Atchak was gone, but whispered that he was still there. Atchak initially refused to come down and told officers to shoot him.”
Atchak eventually surrendered to police, who arrested him and took him to the Anchorage Jail.
The woman told police Atchak also assaulted her last year, according to the report.
He was arrested and charged with second-degree and third-degree assault and burglary.
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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 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 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.