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Scotland: ‘Have an abortion or I will kill the baby’ says abuser

A serial domestic abuser in Dundee told a victim of his abuse that he would kill her baby if she did not have an abortion.

Shaun Wilson, 22, has violently abused a number of women and girls since he was 14. Dundee Sheriff Court was told on Tuesday 2 February that Wilson, now 22, had subjected one girl to more than a year of violent abuse.

The court was told this victim had been forced to turn to Women’s Aid for help. Wilson admitted assaulting her on various occasions by grabbing her by the neck.

‘He told her to have an abortion or he would kill the baby anyway.’

He also admitted to shouting and swearing, acting in an aggressive manner and uttering threats of violence when he was a teenager between 1 September 2013 and 31 March 2014.

On another occasion, Wilson confronted the same girl in the street and grabbed her by the throat.

Fiscal depute Marie Irvine said: “She states the accused had a hard grip around her but let her go quickly. She began to engage with Women’s Aid”.

“She had weekly meetings and it eventually led to treatment for the deterioration in her mental health”.

“She fell pregnant around March 2014 and when she told him he became angry. He told her to have an abortion or he would kill the baby anyway”.

Wilson has been in and out of prison in the intervening years and is likely to face further time in custody.

‘DIY’ home abortions

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdowns in March 2020, it has been legal to take the pills used in a medical abortion at home, outside of a clinical setting. Numerous politicians, including MPs, members of the House of Lords and MSPs have been outspoken about the inherent dangers of DIY at home abortions.

The requirement that abortions take place within a clinical setting is an important safeguard not only for the mother’s health but also to prevent coercion and abuse. The Food and Drug Administration in the United States recently prohibited ‘DIY’ abortions for precisely these reasons.

A free pass to abusers

In the case of Wilson’s abuse and attempted coercion of one of his victims to have an abortion, this would have been far easier to hide had ‘DIY’ home abortions been available at the time.

An undercover investigation last year found how easy it was for people to lie over the phone to obtain the abortion pills. The investigation found that women were given the pills despite the gestational age of their baby being over 10 weeks (the cut off point for ‘DIY’ abortions). Because these abortions are no longer taking place in clinical settings, and there is no ultimate guarantee of who actually takes these pills, it is easier for an abuser to coerce a woman into having an abortion and very hard for physicians or relevant authorities to detect this or stop it from happening.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “Instances of abusers attempting to force women to have abortions are, sadly, quite common. According to the Independent ‘one in seven women in the UK have been bullied into either getting pregnant or having an abortion’. ‘DIY’ abortions make it far easier for abusers to get away with their crimes”.

“Because the abortion pills are not taken in a clinical setting, there is ultimately no way of knowing who has taken them and whether or not the person who does take them has freely chosen to do so. This provides a reason in and of itself not to make ‘DIY’ abortions a permanent feature of British law, as is currently being proposed”.

“In the case of Wilson’s abuse and attempted coercion of one of his victims to have an abortion, this would have been far easier to hide had ‘DIY’ home abortions been available at the time. Nevertheless, abortion providers and their enablers in legislators and governments across Britain seem not to care at all. They are committed to expanding abortion access at all costs – no matter the danger to women”.

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Dear reader

Thanks to the support from people like you, last year a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Domestic Abuse Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this is not the end for our opposition.

We are currently facing major threats on five separate fronts:

  1. Pro-abortion MP Rupa Huq has brought forward an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to introduce a jail term of up to two years if a pro-lifer offers support or advice to a woman near an abortion clinic. This is a threat to unborn babies and to freedom of speech.
  2. The assisted suicide lobby has brought forward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.
  3. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  4. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  5. The abortion lobby is expected to make another attempt to change abortion law to allow abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. 

Fighting both the abortion and assisted suicide lobbies over this period has already made a huge dent in Right To Life UK's limited resources.

To cover this gap and ensure we effectively defeat these proposals during this period, we must raise at least £200,000.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a significant difference.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

Will you make a special gift right now to help protect vulnerable lives from these threats?

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