A police officer in the Philippines is facing charges for allegedly raping a student intern and then forcing her to abort her unborn baby.
The Philippine Star reports the Manila Police District filed the charges against former Barbosa police Captain Heherson Zambale on Thursday. Zambale’s wife, Aliah, and two women who allegedly did the forced abortion also are facing charges, the report states.
According to police, in March, Zambale allegedly raped a criminology student who was training for the police force in his precinct.
After learning that the young woman was pregnant, he allegedly forced her to take abortion drugs, police said. When they did not work, Zambale and his wife allegedly took the young woman to an illegal abortionist in Sampaloc for a second abortion, according to the report.
The Philippines protects unborn babies’ right to life. Abortion is illegal.
Forced abortions are a doubly-horrific abuse that occurs across the world. Frequently, they are tied to abusive relationships. Forced abortions destroy an unborn baby’s life and subject the mother to further abuse. Abortions may permanently physically and emotionally damage the mother, too.
As horrific as they are, forced and coerced abortions are not uncommon. As LifeNews previously reported, one study found that as many as 64% of post-abortive women say they felt pressure to have an abortion.
Studies of victims of sex trafficking also 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.
LifeNews has been keeping track of crime stories involving allegations of forced and coerced abortions, as well as abuse connected with women who refuse to abort their unborn babies. They include:
Uganda – Man Stabs 18 Year-Old Girlfriend to Death After She Refuses to Have Abortion
India – Teacher Rapes 13-Year-Old Student, Then Forces Her to Have Abortion
England – Pastor Raped Multiple Women and Children From His Congregation, Forced Them to Have Abortions
Wales – Man Brutally Strangles His Pregnant Girlfriend and Demands She Get an Abortion
Texas – Man Jailed for Life After Killing His Pregnant Girlfriend Because She Wouldn’t Abort Their Baby
California – Man Forced His Girlfriend at Gunpoint at Take Drugs to Kill Her Baby in Abortion
Wisconsin – Man Allegedly Slipped Abortion Drugs into Pregnant Girlfriend’s Drink
England – Man Tries to Force Girlfriend to Abort Their Disabled Baby: “It Would be Cruel to Have a Baby Like That”
Indiana – Teen Kills Pregnant Girlfriend After She Waited Too Long to Get Abortion: “I Took Action, I Took Her Life”
Tennessee – Man Kills Girlfriend and 4-Month Old Baby, She Refused to Abort So He Could Escape Child Support
New York – Attacker Kills Woman 5 Months Pregnant, New York’s New Abortion Law Says Her Baby Isn’t a Human Being
Utah – Man Reportedly Killed His Pregnant Ex-Girlfriend Because She Refused to Have Abortion
Virginia – Doctor Convicted of Spiking Pregnant Girlfriend’s Drink with Abortion Drugs
Hawaii – Man Stabs His Girlfriend More Than Two Dozen Times Because She Refused an Abortion
California – Man Hired Hitman to Kill His Girlfriend and Unborn Son Because She Refused Abortion
Florida – Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Tricking Pregnant Girlfriend into Taking Abortion Drugs
Norway – Man Convicted of Killing Unborn Baby after Slipping Abortion Drugs into Girlfriend’s Drink
Indiana – Man Charged with Attempted Feticide for Allegedly Spiking Girlfriend’s Drink with Abortion Herbs
New York – Man Convicted of Attempted Murder after Secretly Giving Girlfriend Abortion Drugs
Pennsylvania – Abortion Doc Allegedly Tried to Force His Girlfriend to Abort Their Baby, Then Beat Her When She Refused
Colorado – Man Uses a Skewer to Force His Girlfriend to Abort After She Refuses Demand to Have an Abortion
Indiana – Man Tries to Force Pregnant Girlfriend to Have Abortion By Poisoning Her Drink
England – Man Jailed for Tying Up His Girlfriend, Forcing Abortion Drugs Into Her Vagina