A man has been charged with attempting to abort his child under a law which abortion giant BPAS and others are trying to axe.
They are pushing to remove sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, effectively decriminalising abortion under any circumstance.
Currently, anybody who obtains a poison, drug or instrument with the intention of causing an abortion can be prosecuted unless the 1967 Abortion Act applies.
Changing the law in this way would allow a woman to perform her own abortion up to 24 weeks, before a baby is deemed ‘viable’.
But it would also end legislation preventing others from forcing or causing a woman to have an abortion.
It comes as a man who tried to abort his own baby using laundry detergent is to be jailed for eleven years.
Punched, stamped, kicked
When Harief Pearson’s 17-year-old girlfriend told him that she was expecting a baby, he told her: “You know what to do, I am not ready to have a kid.”
After she refused to have an abortion, he arranged for two girls to help him kill the baby.
Harief and the girls punched, stamped on and kicked the pregnant teenager’s stomach, back and chest.
When she asked for some water, the culprits then proceeded to pour alcohol and blue laundry detergent into her mouth in an effort to poison the baby.
It was later revealed that Mr Pearson googled “how to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy” and “what can heroin do to an unborn baby?”
Despite the brutal attack, the unborn baby survived, and is due next month.
Harief Pearson admitted to causing grievous bodily harm and administering poison to cause a miscarriage – an offence currently recognised under Section 58 of the Offences Against the Person Act.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children released a statement, saying: “Attempts by abortion advocates to decriminalise abortion have centred on repealing or amending parts of this Act.”
“Stories like this show just how crucial it is to protect women and babies by keeping abortion within the criminal law to ensure that abusive men such as Harief Pearson are brought to justice.”