Accused Murderer of Pregnant Girlfriend Is Spared Charge Thanks to N.Y. Abortion Law
Pro-lifers warned that New York’s abortion rights law would have far-reaching negative consequences. Those predictions apparently are being proven true.
Prosecutors in Queens, N.Y., dropped abortion charges against Anthony Hobson, 48, a man who is accused of attacking and murdering his girlfriend, Jennifer Irigoyen, when she was 14 weeks pregnant and in the second trimester. The unborn baby died, too.
Prosecutors initially filed an unlawful abortion charge against Hobson but rescinded it in light of a new law, the Reproductive Health Act, that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed last month. The law rolled back the state’s abortion restrictions and legalized abortion up to the moment of birth. The law defined a person as “a human being who has been born and is alive.”
A spokesperson for the district attorney told the New York Post that the statute that would have allowed the abortion charge “was repealed by the Legislature, and this is the law as it exists today.”
Hobson, who was arrested Friday, remains charged with killing Irigoyen.
The New York State Catholic Conference had warned about such a scenario.
“Moving abortion from the Penal Law to the Public Health Law is a major policy shift that removes accountability for those who would harm unborn children outside the context of medical termination of pregnancy,” the conference said before the bill was signed into law.
Supporters of the new law say Hobson can still be charged with
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