A Welsh woman said she tolerated years of abuse from her boyfriend before she finally left him for the sake of her children.
Leah Collard, 29, of the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, accused David Rhys Williams of strangling her while she was pregnant and pressuring her to abort her unborn baby, according to the Digital Weekly.
Williams, of St Brannocks Close, Barry, pleaded guilty earlier this year to assault, Wales Online reports. On Oct. 21, a court fined him about £600 and issued a two-year restraining order against contacting Collard, according to the report.
Collard said Williams physically and verbally abused her for years, but she stayed with him because he would threaten to hurt or kill himself if she left.
On New Year’s Eve in 2013, he tried to strangle her while she was pregnant, she said. Collard recorded the abuse and shared the recording with local news outlets.
According to the reports, Collard can be heard screaming, “Get off me!” while a man can be heard laughing.
“Don’t do that to me – I am pregnant!” Collard says in the recording. “You will make me have a miscarriage with your f—— child. You want to kill your child, do you?”
The man, allegedly Williams, replies: “Who gives a f—? Who would want a baby with you? You are a f—ing s—.”
At another point, the man tells her to “Get an abortion.” Later, the man screams at Collard to rip up the ultrasound photos of her unborn baby, according to the reports.
“If we’re over, rip them up,” he says, followed by a string of profanities.
Collard said she eventually decided to leave after authorities warned her that social services might take her children away if she stayed with Williams.
Abortions and abuse are closely linked. Women and girls frequently feel coerced or forced into aborting their unborn babies. And sometimes when they refuse, they are abused or killed.
Studies of victims of sex trafficking indicate they often are pressured or forced to abort their unborn babies so they can continue working.
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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 “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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