MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee man is behind bars after he recently beat his girlfriend for refusing to obtain an abortion.
According to reports, Juan Lee, 24, was sitting in the car with his pregnant girlfriend when he told her that she needed to do away with their baby. The woman responded that the matter was not up to him, and got out of the car.
Lee is accused of then striking and choking his girlfriend, and pulling her back into the vehicle.
He drove off, but pulled over again and continued beating her. The woman, whose name has not been released, states that Lee kicked her in the head while she was on the ground.
She reported the incident to police, who arrested Lee on Monday and charged him with aggravated assault. He is being held on $10,000 bond.
WREG News 3 reports that the woman suffered a gash on her head during the assault. Police have not indicated whether or not any harm was done to the baby during the attack.
“[S]ituations in which women are pressured, threatened, or coerced into having abortions may not be as rare as some think,” Live Action News outlines. “[M]any women have felt forced into abortions, whether by violent boyfriends, friends and/or family, or abortion businesses.”
“It has become such a problem that some states, including Michigan, have proposed and/or passed laws that would impose harsher penalties on anyone who coerces a woman to abort her child,” it states. “Some studies have found that up to 64 percent of women who aborted their babies felt coerced in some way to do so.”
As previously reported, in 2014, Christian Ferdinand, now 24, 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.
Last year, now 44-year-old Joshua Woodward, the owner of the restaurant Table 8, was sentenced to nine years behind bars for slipping his girlfriend an abortion drug, resulting in the death of their unborn child.
However, a number of women have also been arrested after seeking ways to end their child’s life. As previously reported, Anna Yocca, now 32, an unmarried mother, reportedly filled her bathtub with water last September and then “took a coat hanger and attempted to self-abort her pregnancy.”
In 2014, now 20-year-old Ana Rosa Mora of Chicago was charged with first-degree murder after she allegedly suffocated her newborn son out of fear that her boyfriend would leave her because the child resembled her ex.