Mother beaten and tortured by her boyfriend in attempted forced abortion

Three people forced laundry detergent into a pregnant teenager’s mouth as they tried to make her have a miscarriage, a court has heard. The teenager’s boyfriend, Harief Pearson, 22, orchestrated the attack “because he did not want to be a father”.

Prior to his attempt to end the life his unborn child, Pearson had searched “how to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy” and “what can heroin do to an unborn baby” on his phone.

As his two accomplices punched, stamped and kicked the girl on her stomach, back and chest, then ripped off one of her nails and poured alcohol over her face. He told the pregnant victim “it didn’t have to be like this.”

Fortunately, despite this torture, both the mother and her child survived the attack.

Right To Life UK has previously raised concerns about forced abortions in relation to abortion pills being made available to take at home, because it could make them far more difficult to detect.

Clare McCarthy of Right To Life UK said:

[Making the second abortion pill available to take at home] poses a threat to vulnerable girls who are at risk from sex-trafficking or child-sex abuse, as the ‘home’ abortion could be used by their abusers as a means to more easily cover up trafficking or abuse scandals.

In 2018, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, made it possible to take the 2nd pill used in a medical abortion (misoprostol) at home. In this case, it was the especially violent nature of  Pearson’s attack his girlfriend that made his crime so clear.

However, the use of the abortion pill at home without any supervision, could make forced abortions far more difficult to detect.

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