Domestic violence against pregnant women and their unborn babies is common – even without counting abortion.
Pregnant women face high levels of domestic violence. In the United States, one in six women is first abused during pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Several studies also have linked domestic violence to abortion. In these cases, some women were forced or pressured by partners into having abortions, while others believed having an abortion would help them escape abuse.
As allegedly happened in the recent India case, sometimes the abuse occurs after the woman refuses her partner’s demands to have an abortion.
Another case linking domestic violence to abortion is being reported in India this week.
Police in India arrested a man on Monday after he allegedly murdered his wife and unborn child when she refused to have an abortion.
The wife, Pratibha Gautam, 30, was three months pregnant when her body was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her house in Kanpur, India, according to the report. Her husband, Manu Abhishek, said he found her body after returning home from a trip; however, a postmortem report indicates that she was murdered.