An Ohio man is facing attempted murder charges for pointing a handgun at his pregnant girlfriend and forcing her to drive to an abortion clinic.
Police arrested Dominic Holt-Reid, already a father of six children, while he waited for his girlfriend in the clinic's parking lot.
A grand jury added the attempted murder charge in its indictment against the 28-year-old man.
The attempted murder count was filed because Holt-Reid tried "at gunpoint to force her to have an abortion against her will," county prosecutor Ron O'Brien said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
O'Brien said Ohio previously rewrote its murder law prohibiting the "unlawful termination of a pregnancy" to avoid a debate over an unborn fetus' legal rights. The statute has allowed his office to win convictions on two counts in murder cases in which the victim was pregnant, he said.
Holt-Reid pled not guilty in a Franklin County Common Pleas Court and was ordered held on $350,000 bond. A public defense attorney for him did not comment on the case.
Police said Holt-Reid had become angry with Yolanda Burgess because she refused to go through with an abortion scheduled Oct. 6 at a women's clinic. After the two dropped their 5-year-old child off at school, Holt-Reid took a loaded.45-caliber handgun out of the glove compartment of Burgess' car, aimed it at her, threatened her and forced her to drive to the clinic, police said.
Ohio is one of 38 states with fetal homicide laws that increase penalties for crimes against pregnant women.