UPPER DARBY, PA, September 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Pennsylvania man has been charged with assaulting an unborn child after police say he “threatened to cut the baby” out of his ex-girlfriend's stomach.

Police in Upper Darby arrested 29-year-old James Lynch of Ambler on August 26. Officers say he dragged his ex down a flight of stairs and around her apartment in Westbrook Park.

“Apparently this is the second time he beat her up,” said Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, who called the actions “cowardly.”

“This time he threatened to cut the baby out of her stomach,” Chitwood told The Daily Times of Delaware County.

The mother was treated at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, while Lynch allegedly fled the scene in her car.

The two had split up after the first alleged altercation, Chitwood said.

The Times reports that Lynch had faced multiple charges ranging from simple assault and trespass to terroristic threats.

But since the woman was three months' pregnant, Magisterial District Judge Kelly Micozzie-Aguirre added a charge of assault on an unborn child during his court hearing last Thursday.

Stories regularly emerge of pregnant women facing threats of violence or even death – from current or ex-boyfriends, husbands, even parents – if they refuse to have an abortion. 

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The victims often become outspoken advocates for all victims of crime, born or preborn.

The Florida woman tricked into taking an abortion pill, Remee Jo Lee, and her family have since supported Florida's Offenses Against Unborn Children bill to assure all attempts to harm unborn children are punished by state, as well as federal, law.

Lee's ex-boyfriend, John Andrew Welden, accepted a plea bargain this week that could result in his being sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, rather than life without parole.

Lynch remains in prison on $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to face an arraignment on October 2.