24-year-old Tiffany Gillespie was pregnant with her third child when she was shot to death by her boyfriend Aaron Fitzpatrick. The murder happened on February 16. The victim’s relationship with Fitzpatrick was “troubled” with previous incidents of domestic violence. The police said that Fitzpatrick killed Gillespie because she was pregnant with his child and refused to have an abortion. Gillespie was six months pregnant. The couple had been arguing for several hours when the shooting occurred.
Gillespie’s body was found in the basement of her South Philadelphia home by her mother. Fitzpatrick was taken into custody shortly afterward. He was the number one suspect, partly due to a history of domestic disputes in which the police had intervened in the past. Gillespie’s two young children were in the house at the time of her murder. Her preschool-aged daughter and eight-year-old son are now staying with relatives.
Earlier this year, in Broward County, Florida, Edward Jermaine Babbs has been convicted of two counts of murder for killing a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. The court determined that he killed Stephanie Rabsatt by shooting her in the abdomen and head on Oct.1, 2009. Rabsatt was almost 8 months pregnant with a son, who she had named Jayden. Babbs, who was the baby’s father, had been pressuring her to abort, but her refusal to have an abortion, was blamed for the murder, according to police. Babbs was sentenced to life in prison.
Also this year, a man who killed his pregnant girlfriend on her due date after she refused an abortion has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the crime. Niasha Delain, 25, who was brutally stabbed on the very day she was to give birth to a son, took place in October of 2008. The stabbing, which was described by the prosecutor as “a crime of almost unimaginable viciousness”.
Her murderer, Derrick Reed, had been pressuring Delain to have an abortion for several months, according to her friends and family. The baby, who could easily have survived outside the womb, was to have been named Aidan by his mother. Delain’s mother, Towanda Wimms, believes it should be a crime to take the life of an unborn child during the commission of a homicide and has urged law makers to change the law.
Although abortion is claimed to be a woman’s choice, men often put pressure on their partners to abort when they don’t want to pay child support for their baby. When the pregnant mother refuses, the worst kind of domestic violence can result. In fact, murder is the number one cause of death among pregnant women and many times, the father of the baby is the perpetrator.
In my own case of domestic violence, my husband would sometimes kick at my pregnant stomach, though he never actually touched me when he did this. But this intimidation tactic was almost unbearable at times. It’s only by the grace of God that I had eight beautiful and healthy children. It very easily could have gone the other way. And yes, I am very pro-life as a result! Children are the heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward! Psalm 127:3
- One out of Three Women Experience Domestic Violence (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- He beat you and said, “I’m sorry, let’s try it again -You said, “OK”. WHY? (youneedtowriteabook.com)
- Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit for Domestic Violence Victims (gofishministries.wordpress.com)