NEWPORT, Wales, December 6, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A 26 year-old man secretly plotting to kill his British girlfriend’s unborn baby by slipping an abortion pill into her drink has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and given a five-year restraining order.
“I thought it was a loving relationship and that he wanted children,” said Helen Dean, 32, who was in her fifth month of pregnancy at the time police arrested her boyfriend, Karim Habibi, in June 2012.
“I was so outraged that he tried to kill our baby,” she told Wales Online.
Dean related how her boyfriend, an Afghan native, at first showed delight at the news of their first pregnancy, even twirling her around in anticipation.
It was only later that Dean learned of her boyfriend’s secret visit to a medical center in Newport, South Wales, where he asked a nurse to give him a pill to induce an abortion for the child, which Dean wanted.
But the nurse sent the young man away after telling him that his plan was not only unethical, but unlawful. The nurse then called police.
Police acted immediately on the nurse’s information, rushing to the pregnant woman’s house to make sure that she and her baby were safe and had not already been poisoned. They took samples of butter and milk in the fridge, tested food in the cupboards, and examined the woman’s medication for tampering.
The pregnant mother was utterly bewildered at what was happening. “I was too devastated to believe what I was hearing,” she said. “The police ransacked my house searching for evidence to see if he'd already tried to harm our baby.”
Dean was sent to hospital to undergo further testing. “At hospital they took my blood and urine and kept me under observation for two days,” she said. “I was terrified.”
Dean had no one to turn to now that her boyfriend was in custody. She found shelter at a women's shelter. In February she gave birth to a boy, whom she named Amin.
Habibi at first told police he had no intention to murder his son, saying that the nurse had misunderstood his request. But he later changed his plea, admitting his attempt to procure the drug that would cause his girlfriend to abort.
Judge Recorder Gregory Bull QC told Habibi in Newport Crown Court that he had done something “quite outrageous” and that he had “behaved in a way that is not acceptable in this country or anywhere else.”
“Your aim was to fool your girlfriend, cause her to take a tablet that would cause your son to be aborted,” he said. “That’s a terrible thing to do.”
The boyfriend was sentenced to 15 months in prison, suspended for two years, and handed a five-year restraining order against his ex-girlfriend and their son. He was also ordered to pay court fees of £1,200 ($2,000 U.S.).
“In passing sentence, I have to send a message out that what you did was wholly unacceptable,” stated the judge.
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Secretly slipping abortion pills to a pregnant woman to avoid the responsibility of fatherhood is not as uncommon as one might think.
28-year-old Andrew Welden of Florida faces life in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to tricking his pregnant girlfriend into taking an abortion drug that killed their unborn child.
Last month, Students for Life of America released an undercover video showing a 33-year-old man purchasing Plan B One Step from pharmacies over-the-counter, despite telling employees that he intended to slip it to his 15-year-old “girlfriend” against her will.
Pro-life advocates argue that the abortion lobby's efforts to promote easier access to chemical abortion pills will make it that much easier for a man disapproving of a pregnancy to trick a woman into aborting her baby.