A Norwegian man pleaded guilty to two separate crimes on Monday after slipping his ex-girlfriend abortion pills into a smoothie, resulting in a miscarriage.
The 26-year-old pled guilty to one count of inflicting serious bodily hard and another count of terminating a pregnancy with the mother’s consent, according to News.com.au.
“(It was) the only way out,” the boyfriend reportedly said in court.
His ex-girlfriend, 20, said he lost the baby during the twelfth week of the pregnancy.
Norwegian law states that abortions can occur after week twelve only when the pregnancy places a serious burden on the mother’s physical or mental health, or if it was caused by rape or incest. After the eighteenth week, pregnancies in Norway cannot be legally interrupted, according to the Library of Congress.
The girlfriend said this was the second time her ex-boyfriend tried to sneak her abortion pills. The first time he gave her the pills he disguised the drugs as painkillers.
“He tried several times to convince me to have an abortion but it was not an option for me,” the woman told a Trondheim court, according to the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK.
His ex-girlfriend said she started to feel severe abdominal pain after he made her the smoothie. Later that night, she experienced the miscarriage. When the woman went to the doctor to discover the reason behind the miscarriage, she said they ran several tests that concluded that she had high dosages of abortion medicine in her system, The Local reports.
Prosecutors said they want to sentence the man to seven years in prison.
The boyfriend said he gave his ex-girlfriend the pills because he did not want the baby to suffer from birth defeats from the first time he gave her the abortion pills.
He added that he felt remorse for his actions and did not realize what he had done until it was too late.
Tore Angen, the man’s attorney, said he thinks his client should be granted leniency during sentencing because he confessed and must support another child.
The court will rule on the case March 17.
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