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Man tricked ex with abortion pill smoothie

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A man in Norway has admitted to tricking his pregnant ex-girlfriend into terminating her pregnancy by making her a smoothie laced with abortion pills, claiming he felt it was "the only way out".
The 26-year-old man on Monday pleaded guilty both to inflicting serious bodily harm and also to terminating a pregnancy without the mother's consent, in a case the prosecutor claimed was almost unique in Norwegian legal history. 
 
"I had a bad conscience and felt remorse, but thought that it was the only way out,” the man told the court, according to Norway’s state broadcaster NRK. 
 
The man already had a child with the woman from a short previous relationship, and had been unhappy when she became pregnant again after they had casual sex after meeting at a party. 
 
"He tried several times to convince me to have an abortion but it was not an option for me," the woman (20) told the court in Trondheim. 
 
After drinking the smoothie, she was hit by severe abdominal pain before miscarrying later that evening. 
 
She was suspicious, however, and went to her GP to have some tests, which confirmed that the miscarriage had been induced by a high dose of abortion medicine. 
 
The man told the court that he had tried to induce a miscarriage early on in the pregnancy, by giving his girlfriend abortion pills he had bought online and claiming that they were painkillers. 
 
But then the couple visited the midwife for their first scan and he realized that the foetus was still developing.  
 
"I read online that pills could cause deformities if they did not work,” he told the court. “I thought that if it was my fault that the child was born with major malformations, and I would not be able to live with that.” 
 
He then purchased a second batch of abortion pills from another online retailer, and carried out his second, successful attempt.
 

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"I felt like a total shitbag when it dawned on me what I had done," he told the court.
 
State prosecutor Kaja Strandfjord called for the man to receive a full seven-year sentence for his crimes. 
 
"He imported these substances. All of it was precisely and cynically planned,” she told the Adresseavisen newspaper. 
 
The court is expected to rule on March 17th.

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