Sayre police on Wednesday charged Orbin Eeli Tercero, 38, with criminal homicide of an unborn child, first-degree murder of an unborn child, aggra vated assault of an unborn child, aggravated assault, hindering apprehension or prosecution, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
Tercero, of Williamson Terrace, was arrested Thursday by state police in Bath as a fugitive from justice.
He was arraigned in Bath Village Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail, pending a hearing on extradition to Pennsylvania.
The charges are based on the following events, according to police:
The victim, a 36-year-old woman from Sayre and a pharmacist at a Wegmans Market, said she had a two-year physical relationship with Tercero, also a Wegmans pharmacist.
Tercero was engaged to another woman at the time.
The victim, whose name is being withheld by this newspaper, told Tercero she was pregnant in mid-January.
Tercero told the woman he could use the drug misoprostol to induce a miscarriage. The victim told Tercero she would get an abortion instead.
The victim, however, made a Feb. 24 appointment for an abortion but changed her mind. She called Tercero to tell him she would keep the baby.
In late February, on the victim’s birthday, Tercero visited her at home and used misoprostol he allegedly stole from Wegmans pharmacy to cause the miscarriage.
Without her knowing it, Tercero put one pill in her vagina, one in her juice and one in her water. She was 13 weeks pregnant at the time.
When the victim began to miscarry, she found a partially dissolved misoprostol tablet among the discharge.
Tercero drove the victim to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where she miscarried.
Is it fair to suggest that society's view is that if the unborn child is "unwanted" then it is OK to kill him or her but if the unborn child is WANTED and someone causes harm to that child or kills that child then it is a crime? See the inconsistencies there? So why is it that the unborn have rights in some cases and not in others?
Killing an unborn child against the mother’s will is homicide in some 38 states. (Fetal Homicide Laws) But here’s where the schizophrenia sets in: every single state has an exception for abortion, thanks to Roe v. Wade. So if the mother consents to the child’s death, it’s not murder. How’s that for logic?
We clearly recognize the unborn as living human beings or we wouldn't have fetal homicide laws but we choose to turn our heads to the intentional killing of the unborn so long as we cloak the act with the word abortion or choice and dehumanize that child by denying their dignity and basic human rights. Abortion is the ultimate human rights violation of our time and we need to stop turning our heads and start protecting life even at it's earliest and most vulnerable.