New York’s new law allowing late-term abortion has resulted in the dropping of abortion charges against a man arrested for murdering his pregnant girlfriend.
Jennifer Irigoyen was a 35-year-old real estate broker, a classical pianist, a professional Latin ballroom dancer, a certified Spinning instructor, and a licensed Zumba instructor. She was the mother of a 12-year-old boy from a previous relationship and five months pregnant at the time of her death.
This amazing woman’s life — and the life of her unborn child — was cut short after they were both stabbed to death in her Queens apartment building, according to Gothamist. Surveillance video from the apartment building showed Irigoyen being murdered, according to the superintendent, who told the New York Post that the woman screamed, “He’s got a knife! He’s going to kill the baby!”
Irigoyen’s boyfriend, 48-year-old Anthony Hobson, turned himself in to the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood, New York, and was arrested for the murder. He was initially charged “with murder, tampering with physical evidence, abortion, and criminal possession of a weapon,” according to Gothamist, but the “abortion” charge was later dropped.
The Post reports that the abortion charge was dropped because of a new state law that allows abortion up to the minute of birth. Even though Irigoyen wanted her baby, it was not considered a life under the new law. A spokesperson for the District Attorney told the Post the abortion charge “was repealed by the Legislature, and this is the law as it exists today.” (Read more from “Man Charged With Killing Pregnant Woman Won’t Be Charged With Abortion Due to New York’s New Law” HERE)