West Virginia authorities are investigating horrific allegations of a forced abortion after a young teenager said her aunt forced her to drink turpentine to kill her unborn baby.
The AP reports local authorities charged three people in the case, including the girl’s mother and aunt.
The 15-year-old girl allegedly was sexually abused by a 24-year-old man named Daniel Atwell who lived with her and her mother, according to the report. Police said the girl’s mother gave Atwell permission to have sex with her daughter.
After the girl became pregnant, her mother allegedly gave her a morning-after pill, but it did not abort her unborn baby, the report states. Then her aunt, Sherry Kirk, allegedly forced her to drink turpentine to kill her unborn child, according to the report.
Police said the girl spent time in the hospital, and now is in foster care. It is not clear if her unborn baby died from the abuse.
As horrific as they are, forced abortions are not uncommon. 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.
Studies of victims of sex trafficking indicate they often are pressured or forced to abort their unborn babies so they can continue working. Sexual abuse victims also sometimes are forced into abortions by abusers who want to cover up their crime.
In 2016, LifeNews reported about gruesome murder case where a North Carolina woman allegedly was murdered by her boyfriend after refusing to abort their child.
That same year, a Brooklyn, New York man was sentenced to 32 years in prison for a similar case. A jury found the man guilty of abortion, burglary and assault for beating his pregnant girlfriend and causing the death of their unborn child, LifeNews reported. In 2018, a Hawaii jury convicted another man of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend after prosecutors said he stabbed her to death for refusing to abort their unborn child.
The abortion industry also has been caught covering up the sexual abuse of teens. A 2011 undercover investigation by the pro-life group Live Action caught Planned Parenthood employees on video covering up for and coaching a man and a woman posing as sex traffickers and inquiring about how to obtain abortions for the women they victimized.
While some abortion activists claimed the videos were faked, Planned Parenthood was forced to fire one of the staffer in question.
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