A Pakistan-born doctor has been sentenced to three years in jail, as well as having his medical license revoked, after he was found guilty of slipping abortion pills into his former girlfriend’s drink last year.
Brook Fiske, 37, was four months pregnant when her then-boyfriend Dr. Sikander Imran slipped not one, but four abortion pills into her drink, inducing labor and ultimately leading to the death of their unborn child.
Fiske told local news outlets that when she found out she was pregnant, Imran was less than pleased about it. When she refused to get an abortion despite Imran’s urging, Fiske says the two met to discuss how they’d raise their child. That’s when the doctor crushed four abortion pills into tea he served Fiske.
Following the loss of their child, Imran was arrested on May 24, 2017, and charged with fetal homicide, to which he pleaded guilty.
Last Friday, Imran was sentenced to three years in jail, as well as a 17-year suspension of his medical license. He also faces possible deportation back to his home country of Pakistan.
Speaking in the Arlington, Virginia, court last week, Fiske showed incredible compassion for her ex-boyfriend, pleading with the judge to give Imran leniency, citing his struggle with depression, WJLA-TV reported.
“To me, the length of time that he serves in prison isn’t what’s important,” Fiske said. “I think that it is really important that people know that if they are dealing with depression before they do something, they should reach out and get help.”
Imran’s lawyers also argued on the basis of mental health, stating that Imran suffered from panic attacks, and had even threatened murder at one point.
“What matters is that people hear this story and realize that either they need help themselves and they’re going to reach out and get it before something awful happens, or they realize that whatever weight, whatever tragedy, whatever pain they’re carrying, there is a way through it,” Fiske said.
Fiske, who is also in the medical field as a nurse, said that she is actively trying to find a way to move forward from the tragedy.
During the sentencing, Imran professed his love for Fiske saying that he loves her “more than anyone in the world.”
Imran also made a point to tell the jury that he prays for their deceased son every single day.
The fact that Imran drugged Fiske’s drink with not one, but four pills, shows just how desperate he was to end the pregnancy. The drug he used, Misoprostol, is an abortion pill that puts not only the child but the mother at high risk. Misoprostol is generally prescribed by doctors to induce contractions when a woman is under 12 weeks pregnant. Doctors do not prescribe this pill after 12 weeks because of the possible complications that can occur with both the baby and mother.
The fact that Imran put four of these labor-inducing pills in her drink shows the lengths he would go to get rid of the baby.
Although Fiske asked the judge to be lenient with Imran because of his depression, she stated that the case gave her closure over the incident.
“It was very empowering for me to face him and say what he had done … and look him in the face while I said that,” Fiske said.
(H/T: Daily Mail)