Women Need Protection Against Abortion Coercion
A bill that would prohibit pregnant women from being threatened, stalked or assaulted as part of abortion coercion- barely gets a mention on a Michigan news station website.
The article mentions that two bills which would “prohibit threatening, stalking or assaulting a pregnant woman with the intent to force an abortion against her wishes” – as well as “threats to cut off legally required financial support,“ are being sent to the state’s house for a vote.
Unsurprisingly, Democrats have been opposing the bills and have even called the bills “redundant.”
Perhaps these Democrats should read the Life Dynamics Under the Radar Report, which proves that abortion coercion often escalates to violence, even death.
The Under the Radar Report features 80 cases of women, some of which were as young as 15 years old, that were attacked for refusing to have abortions. Life Dynamics chose from the many cases they discovered, the bulk of which often feature horrifying and crippling physical injuries, solely those instances in which the victim died.
One such case was the story of 19-year-old Valicia Demery.
When Bernard Bellamy Jr. learned that Ms. Demery was pregnant with his child, he ordered her to have an abortion. Because she refused, he intentionally ran over her with his car and left her to die on the campus of the Forestville Military Academy. The night before the murder, Bellamy had sent a text message to Ms. Demery telling her that she should come to her senses about the abortion before it’s too late. When she asked, “B4 what’s too late,” he replied, “U will C.” In 2009, Bellamy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and received 30 years in prison. [Washington Post 5-12-2009 • Statement of Charges, Prince George’s County Maryland, Case 0E00318584]
In 2002, 21-year-old Sandra Bonaventure met a similar fate.
Ms. Bonaventure was strangled by Emmanuel Pierre. Law enforcement officials say that Pierre killed the college junior because she was pregnant with his child and had refused to have an abortion. One witness quoted Pierre as telling Ms. Bonaventure that, “You’ll have that baby over my dead body.” Another stated that Pierre was complaining to him “every other day” about her refusal to have an abortion. In 2005, Pierre was convicted of her murder and given 25-years-to-life in prison. [The New York Daily News 4-17-2004 / 4-
8-2005; The New York Post 4-5-2005]
One of the youngest victims in this report was 15-year-old Barbara Watkins.
Ms. Watkins’ decomposing body was found in a wooded area one month after she was murdered. Investigators determined that her boyfriend, Sean Steele, had choked her, dropped a 50-pound rock on her stomach and stabbed her in the neck with a broken beer bottle. Witnesses told authorities that, in the weeks leading up to Ms. Watkins’ disappearance, Steele had threatened to kill her if she didn’t get an abortion and he later admitted that her refusal was the motive for the murder. In 2000, he was sentenced to 15-years-to- life in prison. [The Columbus Dispatch 4-1 & 5-2000]
We encourage those who live in Michigan to contact their house representative and share with them the Under The Radar Report and the message that this legislation is crucial to the health and safety of women! You can lookup your representative by visiting: http://house.michigan.gov/MHRPublic/.
Don’t Live in Michigan? That’s ok. There is something you can do too!
Legislation such as this is important and should be passed in every state. Contact your local state representatives and let them know about this epidemic and how they can help. We have the Under the Radar Report in a PDF that can be easily emailed or printed to be included in your message to your representative.