An Oxfordshire man has been jailed for two years after buying pills to cause a miscarriage and trying to pressure his girlfriend into to have an abortion.
James George, of Oxford Road in Old Chalford, near Chipping Norton, pleaded guilty to buying a poisonous or noxious pill to cause a miscarriage at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on February 22.
He was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court last Friday.
The 45-year-old’s partner became pregnant in August 2014, but George changed his mind about wanting a family and ordered ‘abortion pills’ three times from the internet, having them delivered to his home.
Detective Constable Jane Tregurtha, from Oxfordshire’s domestic abuse unit, said: “George put the victim under a lot of pressure to have a termination.
“He went to great lengths, researching abortion websites, phoning clinics, and took the victim to her GP to discuss a termination.”
The victim had made it clear to George she wanted to have the baby.
But he still intended to give her the pills once he had persuaded her to change her mind.
Det Con Tregurtha added: “Very sadly the victim lost her baby in October 2014. I hope the sentence enables her to have a sense of closure following this difficult and deeply distressing time in her life.”
George was also issued with an indefinite restraining order to prevent him contacting her.