A British court trial this week serves as a reminder of how frequently pregnant mothers feel pressured to abort their unborn babies, often by an abusive partner.
In the trial before the Durham Crown Court, Thomas Gair, 31, of Norton, Teesside, England, is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend down the stairs after urging her to have an abortion, the Daily Mail reports.
The woman, Chloe Bradley, was knocked unconscious in the fall and taken to the hospital; she and her baby survived, according to the report.
Bradley testified in a video interview that Gair, a police officer, manipulated and controlled her throughout their three-year relationship and threatened to leave her when she became pregnant.
“When I fell pregnant he told me to have an abortion or he was going to leave me. He said we couldn’t afford it and it would ruin our lives,” she told the court. “He told me I would be a crap mother and I was probably going to lose the baby.”
Bradley continued: “I was really ill when I was pregnant, I was backwards and forwards to the hospital, but he offered me no help or support. He wanted me to have a miscarriage.”
She accused Gair of making fun of her weight, poking her in the stomach and threatening to push her down the stairs, according to the report.
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On May 31, 2020, she said Gair followed through with the threat because she refused to abort their baby.
“I was going upstairs to the top floor of our house and he was coming down. He began shouting and screaming in my face and he pushed me back and I fell right down the stairs backwards and hit my head twice,” she said. “I was knocked out and he was panicking when I came round. I was taken to hospital by ambulance and needed a CT scan.”
She recovered and later gave birth to a healthy baby, according to court testimony.
Bradley accused her ex-boyfriend of physically and verbally abusing her in other ways, too, including pushing her out of a car and stalking her after she moved out, the report states.
Gair has denied all the allegations against him, according to the report.
Many women face pressure to abort their unborn babies, sometimes from employers or social workers, and others from partners or parents. Coercion sometimes is coupled with abuse, and both mothers and their babies are abused and sometimes killed because the mother resisted pressure to have an abortion.
A 2014 study, “Associations Between Intimate Partner Violence and Termination of Pregnancy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” published in the journal “PLOS Medicine,” found that intimate partner violence, including history of rape, sexual assault, contraception sabotage and coerced decision-making, was associated with abortion.
Another study by the Elliot Institute found a high rate of coerced and forced abortions among post-abortive women, as high as 64 percent. And a recent BBC survey found 15 percent of women of childbearing age in the UK felt pressured to have abortions that they did not want.
LifeNews keeps track of crime stories involving allegations of coercion and abuse related to abortion. They include:
Virginia – Parents Sue Abortion Facility, Say Staff Pressured Teenage Daughter to Abort Her Unborn Baby
North Carolina – Man Accused of Brutally Killing Newborn, Fracturing His Skull Because Mom Refused to Have Abortion
England – Man Pushed His Pregnant Girlfriend Down Stairs Because She Refused to Have Abortion (Daily Mail)
Texas – Man Allegedly Spiked His Wife’s Drink to Force Her to Have Abortion
England – Husband Sets Pregnant Wife on Fire Because She Refused to Get Abortion
Virginia – Pregnant Woman Killed Because She Refused to Have Abortion, Navy Lt. Charged
Michigan – Detroit Man Accused of Making Threats, Demanding Pregnant Partner Have an Abortion (Click on Detroit News 4)
Illinois – Man Accused of Killing Pregnant Ex-Girlfriend and Her Unborn Baby Faces 2 Murder Charges
England – Woman Faked Being Pregnant, Bought Abortion Pills to Trick Lover’s Pregnant Girlfriend into Aborting Unborn Baby
England – Man Accused of Lacing His Lover’s Drink With Abortion Pill to Kill Their Baby and Hide His Affair
Georgia – When His Girlfriend Told Him It Was Too Late for an Abortion, He Punched Her in the Stomach to Kill Her Baby
Scotland – When She Refused Abortion, Her Boyfriend Threatened to Kill Their Unborn Baby With a Coat Hanger
India – Doctors, Family Members Forced Woman to Have Abortion, Killed Her 5-Month-Old Unborn Baby
Washington, D.C. – Washington D.C. Assistant Police Chief Was Told to Kill Her Baby in an Abortion or be Fired
Kentucky – Man Charged with Murdering His Pregnant Wife and Injuring Her Unborn Baby
England – Nurse Fired, Jailed for Helping Man Force Girlfriend to Abort Unborn Baby with Abortion Pills
Ohio – Doctor Pleads Guilty after Attempting to Murder Unborn Son after Wife Refused an Abortion (Canton Repository)
New York – Woman Says R. Kelly Forced Her to Get an Abortion Against Her Will
Brazil – Pregnant Woman Set on Fire, Killed After She Refused Boyfriend’s Demand to Get Abortion
Michigan – Man Convicted of Assaulting His Pregnant Girlfriend, Trying to Abort Her Baby
India – 15-Year-Old Girl Brutally Raped and Then Forced to Have Abortion
Canada – Man accused of killing toddler tried to force abortion on mother, court records show (CBC)
Minnesota – Man Charged for Allegedly Kicking Pregnant Woman in Stomach after She Refused an Abortion (Star Tribune)
Michigan – Man Charged With Raping Teen, Choking Her Until She Blacked Out Because She Refused Abortion
India – Parents Force Their Daughter to Have an Abortion Because Her Husband Was From the Wrong Caste
India – Abortion Pills Kill Woman 5 Months Pregnant After Partner Forced Her to Take Them
Brazil – Man Kills His Girlfriend’s Unborn Baby By Putting Abortion Pills in Her Vagina During Sex
Pakistan – 14-Year-Old Girl Dies After Rapist Allegedly Forced Her to Have Abortion
Tennessee – Man Kills His Pregnant Girlfriend and Her Baby After She Refuses to Have Abortion
England – Man Threatens to Slit His Baby’s Throat if His Ex-Girlfriend Didn’t Have Abortion
England – Husband Orders His Wife to Kill Their Unborn Baby in an Abortion
India – Police: Former Officer Rapes Teen Girl, Then Forces Her to Kill Her Baby in an Abortion
Florida – Jeffrey Epstein Rape Victim Says She Was Pressured to Have Abortion
California – U.S. Swim Coach Accused of Sexual Abuse, Pressuring Girl into Abortion
Pennsylvania – Man Allegedly Used Abortion Pills to Hide Sexual Abuse of Daughter and Stepdaughter When They Got Pregnant
India – Woman’s Parents Allegedly Strangle Her to Death After She Refuses to Kill Her Baby in an Abortion
Philippines – Police Officer Charged with Raping Intern, Forcing Her to Abort Her Unborn Child
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 Accused of Brutally Strangling His Pregnant Girlfriend, Demanding She Get an Abortion
Texas – Man Jailed for Life After Killing His Pregnant Girlfriend Because She Wouldn’t Abort Their Baby
California – Man Reportedly 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 Allegedly 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