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Questions Raised in Ohio Gunpoint Abortion Case

Friday, 22 Oct 2010 06:40 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A case is unfolding in Ohio that sounds like a hypothetical dreamed up by a law school professor.

The facts of the case: A man is accused of trying to force his pregnant girlfriend at gunpoint to get an abortion. The question: Can he be charged with attempted murder of her unborn child?

In what may be a precedent-setting case, prosecutors have leveled such a charge against Dominic Holt-Reid under a 1996 Ohio fetal homicide law that says a person can be found guilty of murder for causing the unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Police say Holt-Reid pulled a gun Oct. 6 on his three-months-pregnant girlfriend and forced her to drive to an abortion clinic. She did not go through with the procedure; she managed to slip a note to a clinic employee, who called police.

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