View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Abortion violence: Man murders woman who refuses to abort

A tragic story -

By Kathleen Gilbert
ARLINGTON, Tennessee, September 29, 2009 ( - A Tennessee man is facing a double murder charge after his girlfriend and her unborn child were shot to death, in what police say was the conclusion to the couple's disagreement over getting an abortion.

Shelby County detectives say they believe Tarence Nelson, 26, shot schoolteacher Tonya Johnson, 35, as a result of an argument over whether Johnson should abort the child, who was at eight months' gestation. Johnson was found in her home by neighbors who said she had bullet wounds to the right abdomen, chest, and the back of her head.

Those who discovered Johnson say they and paramedics attempted without success to save the mother and baby's life.

Neighbor John Ingram told a local news station that Nelson's intent to kill the child was obvious by her wounds. "It looked like he was intent on killing both of them," he told WMC-TV. "I think it should be a double homicide, the baby was ready to come."

Detectives have agreed that Nelson will be charged with first-degree murder of both Johnson and her unborn child.

In 2004, President George W. Bush signed into law the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which recognizes a child in the womb as a legal victim if he or she is killed or injured in an act of violence against the mother.

----- There are a number of stories in which men beat, try to induce abortions, and even kill their girlfriends/wives because they want the unborn child aborted and the woman hesitates or refuses. This is the kind of thing that helps to push women to make that horrible "choice."


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