ROSENDALE, N.Y. — A New York man that works as an anesthesiologist has been charged with committing an “abortional act” and other crimes for forcing a woman to swallow the morning-after pill after she told him that she was pregnant.
Thomas Pfeiffer, 44, is facing charges of second-degree strangulation, second-degree assault and second-degree abortion following the incident this week.
According to reports, police received a “no voice” 911 call on Wednesday coming from a town just south of Albany. The woman, who is not being named, told police that she had called Pfeiffer to tell him that she was pregnant after receiving a positive home pregnancy test. Pfeiffer then purchased the morning-after pill over the counter at a local pharmacy and sought to force the woman to ingest it.
A struggle ensued, and Pfieffer allegedly strangled the woman as they argued over the matter. The woman sustained injuries to her throat and neck, and was treated at a local hospital.
Pfieffer was taken into custody that evening, and remains behind bars on $50,000 bail. Police have yet to release information on the woman’s relationship to Pfeiffer.
In New York, “[a] person is guilty of abortion in the second degree when he commits an abortional act upon a female, unless such abortional act is justifiable pursuant to Subdivision 3 of Section 125.05.” But the cited section states that “[a]n abortional act is justifiable when committed upon a female with her consent by a duly licensed physician acting (a) under a reasonable belief that such is necessary to preserve her life, or (b) within 24 weeks from the commencement of her pregnancy.”
The incident occurs just days after another New York man was convicted of second degree murder after he allegedly admitted to killing his teenage girlfriend because she told him that she was pregnant and refused his demand to abort. As previously reported, Christian Ferdinand, 22, was found guilty on Monday after a jury took only an hour to deliberate the case.
Ferdinand had met Shaniesha Forbes, 14, on Facebook in 2012 and the two hooked up. In a text message some time later, Forbes told Ferdinand that she was pregnant with his child, but said that she could not obtain an abortion because her mother is “religious.”
“[A]re you serious?” he texted back, according to court records. “Kill that [expletive].”
In January 2013, Ferdinand and Forbes spent time together at his cousin’s house, and as they sat on the sofa together, Ferdinand snapped as Forbes continued to speak about her alleged pregnancy and insisted to keep the baby. He held a leather pillow over her face until she stopped breathing.
Prosecutors state that Ferdinand then placed the teen’s body in a suitcase and took it to Gerritson Beach in Brooklyn two days later, where he set the teen on fire and tossed the suitcase into the water. But the suitcase washed up on shore days later.
Ironically, a medical examiner has since declared that Forbes had not been pregnant after all. Ferdinand faces up to 25 years behind bars for his crimes.