‘The real war on women’: pro-life group documents coerced abortions in America
DENTON, TX, February 26, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On Thursday, February 20, 2014, in the town of WaKeeney, agents of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and WaKeeney Police Department arrested 30-year-old Scott R. Bollig for allegedly giving abortion-inducing drugs to a pregnant woman.
Bollig is accused of intentionally killing the 8- to 10-week-old fetus by putting a crushed form of the medication on a pancake eaten by the woman, according to a criminal complaint filed in Trego County District Court and posted on the attorney general’s website. He is also charged with aggravated battery of the woman and the distribution of adulterated food, a misdemeanor. He faces charges of murder in the first-degree and aggravated battery.
The incident is one of several described in a report released today by the pro-life group Life Dynamics detailing what it calls the real war on women: mothers who have been forced to abort children by trickery, force, or physical abuse.
In January a Pennsylvania man was jailed on charges he punched a pregnant woman in the stomach and threatened to give her a "home abortion" during a domestic dispute.
Franklin police were called after 23-year-old Kelton McClarrin allegedly "backhanded" the woman - who is four-and-a-half months pregnant - and dragged her out of bed by her ankle before punching her stomach with a closed fist. Police say McClarrin also brandished a knife as he threatened the woman with the abortion. Police have charged McClarrin with aggravated assault on an unborn child, terroristic threats and other crimes.
According to reports, 36-year-old Alfredo Vargas gave his former girlfriend, Lisa Komes, a fountain drink that she said tasted "bitter and gritty." Another time, Komes woke up to find a white residue in the bottom of a fountain drink cup, but Vargas rinsed the cup and threw it out. Finally, Komes became suspicious when Vargas brought her a 32-ounce fountain pop that she said smelled of mint. She then called police but two weeks later she was again contacting police when Vargas brought her another drink.
Several months later and after her son was born, Komes learned that the first soda contained pulegone, which has the reputation for inducing an abortion. In September of 2013, a Rapid City jury convicted Vargas of attempted fetal homicide. He has been sentenced to serve five years in prison. Judge Janine Kern said during sentencing that Vargas showed no remorse for his actions.
In September of 2013, a pregnant Ohio woman was shot at by her boyfriend when she refused to have an abortion. The 18 year-old woman told police that she was driving her car when her unborn baby’s father, 23 year-old Tanner Hopkins, pulled up next to her and fired two shots without saying a word. The victim, who was not hurt, reported that Hopkins insisted she get an abortion and said he was mad because she refused to do that. Hopkins has been booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault and weapons charges.
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In early September, the son of a Florida doctor admitted in court that he intentionally tricked his pregnant girlfriend into taking a drug he hoped would cause a miscarriage. Florida resident John Andrew Welden pleaded guilty to federal charges of product tampering and mail fraud, admitting that he slipped his ex-girlfriend the abortion drug.
According to reports, the 28-year-old man did not want to be a father, so when his girlfriend, Remee Jo Lee, got pregnant, Welden faked a prescription for an abortion pill, switched a label so the medication appeared to be a common antibiotic, and gave her the drug. The drug did its job. The unborn baby died. The defense and prosecution both recommended a sentence of 13 years and eight months in prison. But U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara is trying to determine if the pill alone caused Lee to lose her unborn child, which was seven weeks old.
Prosecution witness OB-GYN expert Catherine Lynch, from the University of South Florida, testified that the drug “did exactly what it was intended to do, and that resulted in the demise of the embryo.” In January of 2014, Weldon was sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison.
Last year, a 24-year-old Wisconsin man was found guilty after pleading no contest to charges he punched a pregnant woman in the stomach to make her miscarry and then doused her with gasoline. According to the criminal complaint, Tyler Ress poured gas on Carrie Lynn Mayhone and then held a lighter near her, threatening to set her on fire. He punched Mayhone, who was pregnant, in the stomach several times, telling her he wanted to force her to abort the baby.
In June of last year a Connecticut man was arrested for allegedly hiring a hit man to murder his pregnant girlfriend after she refused to have an abortion. Authorities said Carlton "CJ" Bryan, 21, of Windsor, hired a hit man to kill his girlfriend, Shamari Jenkins who was four months pregnant. Prosecutors said they believe it was over Jenkin's decision not to have an abortion. Jenkins was shot in the back of the shoulder when she pulled over her Honda sedan on April 29. The bullet traveled through her torso, she was rushed to St. Francis Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Life Dynamics has collected data on a large volume of these cases and compiled the data in a report entitled, “Under-the-Radar Violence in the Conflict Over Abortion.”
"The early feminist leaders in this country were openly opposed to the legalization of abortion," Crutcher said. "They understood that legalized abortion has nothing to do with women’s equality. Women don’t need surgery to be equal to men. What abortion is, is a safety net for sexually predatory and sexually irresponsible males."
"What happens when men use abortion as a sort of safety net?" he asked. "What do they do when the woman they’ve impregnated won’t jump into the net?”
Life Dynamics also documents that the abortion lobby is aware of how common this problem is.
“Over the years, we have acquired tape recordings of National Abortion Federation (NAF) conventions in which discussions about women being forced to have abortions were held. The prevailing attitude expressed in these sessions may best be described as one of 'convenient indifference,'" Crutcher said. Attendees will acknowledge the problem’s existence and talk about it in disapproving tones, while making it clear that they feel no obligation to let it influence the way they deal with these women."
"Their philosophical position seems to be that, even if a woman chooses to have an abortion she doesn’t want because of threats from others, it remains within the 'pro-choice' purview since she was still the one who ultimately made the decision," he said.
"In fact, on the NAF tapes mentioned above, some abortion clinic employees can be heard paraphrasing this very argument and using it to justify their habit of looking the other way. It is a truly bizarre rationalization analogous to saying that women who submit to sexual relations at the point of a gun are not really being raped since, technically, they are consenting.”
Crutcher said that, although the abortion industry has made Herculean efforts to call for the protection of abortion providers against violence, they fail to make the same effort to protect these women from violence. “For political and public relations reasons, those who most loudly proclaim 'a woman’s right to choose,' have shown no interest in a woman’s right not to choose."
"On one hand, they may not approve of women being bludgeoned or killed for refusing to have abortions," he said. "But on the other hand, they have made it clear that they are willing to write-off these women as just collateral damage in the war to keep abortion legal.”