Under-the-Radar Violence in the Conflict Over Abortion

Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012 in Reports

Yukevich, Ann Marie | 39 | 1993 | MA | Abortion Motive Confirmed
In 1995, Michael Bowler pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Ms. Yukevich. According to law enforcement investigators and testimony given by members of the victim’s family, he suffocated her because she was pregnant with his child and refused his demand to have an abortion. [Boston Herald 8-25-
1993 • Appeals Court of Massachusetts Case No: 02-P-1404]

Zazueta, Lisa Marie | 29 | 2008 | CA | Abortion Motive Confirmed
Ms. Zazueta was found lying in a Santa Barbara street dead from a stab wound to the neck. Investigators eventually found a text message written by Ms. Zazueta in which she indicated that she was pregnant with the child of Garren Vance Musser. The message also showed that she was refusing to comply with Musser’s demand to have an abortion. A prosecutor in the case stated that, “Even minutes before this homicide occurs, he’s telling her to get rid of the child.” In 2011, Musser was found guilty of Ms. Zazueta’s murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. An autopsy showed that she was mistaken about being pregnant. [The Daily Sound 10-23-2009 • Santa Barbara Independent 10-21-2009 / 4-11 & 14-2011 / 6-3-2011]