Montreal, Canada, Jun 7, 2004 / 22:00 pm
A man was sentenced to one year in prison and two years probation after giving his pregnant girlfriend potent drugs, without her consent, so as to cause a miscarriage.
Judge Jean-Pierre Bonin said May 18 he wanted Gary Bourgeois’ sentence to send a message to all men facing an unwanted or unexpected pregnancy, reported The Gazette.
“Society cannot tolerate a male partner in a relationship unilaterally putting an end to a pregnancy,” he said, adding that Bourgeois violated the woman’s most basic rights.
Bourgeois had two women pregnant at the same time in 2001. He tried to persuade the victim to have an abortion, but the woman, a mother of three, said she was opposed to it.