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11 September 2010

Prison for Man Who Attempted Murder/Abortion on Pregnant Girlfriend

This doesn't make sence. So the baby is a human when the mother is attacked, but he is no longer a human when he is aborted? Is it ok to kill innocent humans lives by abortion methods?

The inconsistency of the life without God is glaring.


By Peter J. Smith

LANCASTER, Pennsylvania, September 10, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced a man to a year in prison for attempting to smother his girlfriend and abort their unborn child by shoving pills down her throat, reports the local Blackpool Gazette.

Proceedings in the Lancaster Crown Court show that Craig Connell attacked and tried to smother his live-in girlfriend Kirsty Rawlinson with a pillow after an argument in May. Two days later, Connell repeated the attack, this time forcing tablets into her mouth in what the judge surmised was “a futile attempt to create an abortion."

The judge said that Rawlinson must have been “horrified" and “ thought she was going to die.”

Violence against women carrying unborn children unwanted by boyfriends, spouses, partners, etc. was one of the leading factors behind the 2003 federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which classifies the unborn child as a separate victim when crimes are committed against the mother.

According to a 2001 Maryland study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "A pregnant or recently pregnant woman is more likely to be a victim of homicide than to die of any other cause." The study’s authors, Isabelle L. Horon and Diana Cheng, found that out of 247 “pregnancy-associated deaths,” fifty (or 20 percent) were due to homicide. The next highest cause of death was “cardiovascular disorders,” at 48 deaths, or 19 percent of the total.

Approximately 34 states have laws similar to the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, designed to punish attackers who might otherwise get a more lenient sentence by harming the mother but fulfilling their goal of killing their unborn child.

Had Connell succeeded in causing the abortion of his unborn child, he would have been subject to criminal charges for the child’s death. A Pennsylvania statute states “An individual commits criminal homicide in the first, second, or third-degree, or voluntary manslaughter of an ‘unborn child’ if the individual intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or negligently causes the death of an unborn child.”

Earlier this year, Orbin Eeli Tercero, a pharmacist for the east-coast supermarket chain Wegmans, was charged in Pennsylvania for secretly inducing his mistress to miscarry their unborn child, because the baby’s birth would complicate his engagement to another woman. Tercero faced a number of criminal charges, including criminal homicide of an unborn child, first-degree murder of an unborn child, aggravated assault of an unborn child, aggravated assault, as well as charges related to evading capture and tampering with evidence. (see story)

More information on state laws related to fetal homicide can be found here via the National Right to Life Committee.

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