By Jonathon Van Maren
In one of those cases that highlights the sickening irony of how we treat pre-born children, a Wisconsin man was sentenced to 22 years in prison earlier this month for “attempted first-degree intentional homicide”—of his own pre-born child. Manishkumar Patel, a forty-five year old father, had attempted to get his girlfriend to swallow mifespristone (the RU-486 abortion drug) by giving her a laced smoothie. His then-girlfriend somehow suspected what was going on and instead sent the drink to a lab, which confirmed the presence of RU-486. Patel was arrested and held on $750,000 bail.
During his sentencing by Outagamie County Judge John Des Jardins, Patel claimed to regret what he’d done, telling the court that, “I have no excuse or explanation for my actions.” Nonetheless, his attempted explanation was that he and his girlfriend already had one child with serious medical issues, and he was concerned that the pre-born child he tried to kill might be similarly afflicted. According to the Christian Post:
In November 2007, Patel was charged with 7 felonies and 2 misdemeanors, including attempted first-degree murder of an unborn child, burglary, two counts of violating a restraining order, and stalking, for his effort to have his girlfriend miscarry their unborn child.Top of Form According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Wisconsin is one of at least 38 states that have what is called a fetal homicide law on the books, known as Statute § 940.04 (2) et seq.
“The allegations are devious, diabolical and disturbing,” stated Court Commissioner Brian Figy in 2007, as quoted by the Associated Press. “Extraordinary cases deserve extraordinary care.”
However, Patel forfeited a $750,000 cash bond and was on the run for nearly a decade until he was arrested in New York in January 2017. In August, Patel was convicted of attempted first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child, a crime which can be punished with a maximum of 60 years in prison.
Of course, if Patel’s girlfriend had wanted to abort their child, the baby’s death at the hands of an abortionist trained for the job would no longer have been considered the “first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child”—it would have been considered a fundamental reproductive right fully embraced by the Democratic Party and championed by Planned Parenthood—despite the fact that we would have been talking about the same child. When a child’s life depends on the preference of a single parent, we have reached a level of moral schizophrenia that indicates our culture’s continued plunge down the rabbit hole.
Incidentally, Patel is not the first fellow to attempt feticide by this method. Last year, a woman in New York accused her physician boyfriend of killing their pre-born child by slipping a ground-up abortion pill into her drink. Despite a desperate trip to the hospital to see if her 17-week-old baby could be saved, it was to no avail—her boyfriend had ensured that the dose would be lethal. He was charged with killing a fetus.
And as usual, there was not a whisper from the Left.
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