A Pennsylvania man was accused of attacking his pregnant girlfriend this week after she refused to abort her unborn baby.
Police said Devon Johnson, of Greenfield, allegedly kicked and punched the woman several times in the stomach and punched her in the face, CBS News Pittsburgh reports. Police said Johnson also hit and choked the woman’s young daughter.
The woman was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment; authorities said her daughter is ok, according to the report. The woman said she is 10 weeks pregnant. It is not clear if her unborn baby also was injured in the attack.
Here’s more from the report:
When police interviewed the pregnant woman, they said she told them she is 10 weeks along in her pregnancy and Johnson insisted she get an abortion. He also allegedly threatened to take care of the unborn child himself.
According to police, when she told Johnson she was keeping the baby, he began attacking her.
Police said they found the woman on the ground in her front yard holding her stomach after the attack.
Johnson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault of an unborn child and other charges, according to police.
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In the United States, one in six women is first abused during pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control. As LifeNews previously reported, one study found that as many as 64 percent of post-abortive women say they felt pressured to have an abortion.
LifeNews has reported countless crime stories involving pregnant women who have been threatened, assaulted or killed, often after they refused to abort their unborn babies.
In 2016, police arrested a Tennessee man after his pregnant girlfriend accused him of kicking and hitting her when she told him that she would not abort their baby.
And in 2017, a Hawaii jury convicted a man of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend after prosecutors said he stabbed her to death for refusing to abort their unborn child. Also in 2017, a jury found a California man guilty of first- and second-degree murder after he allegedly hired a hitman who killed his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn son after she refused to have an abortion.
Many states have unborn victims of violence laws that allow for the prosecution of people who injure or kill babies in the womb. These laws include exceptions for the violence of abortion.
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