Last year, physician Sikander Imran of Arlington, Virginia, was arrested for fetal homicide. He pleaded guilty to the charge earlier this year.
As Dearly previously reported, Imran was dating Brook Fiske, who was 17 weeks pregnant. He tried convincing his girlfriend to get an abortion, but she was excited to become a mom.
According to WBAL, Imran grinded up an abortion pill called Misoprostol and slipped the medication into Fiske’s tea without her knowledge. Within hours of sipping the laced drink, Fiske miscarried her baby boy.
Devastated by her loss, she told WROC that Irman had admitted to what he had done:
“He immediately started crying and said that he was a horrible person, and that he had done what I thought he did.”
During Imran’s sentencing hearing Friday, both Imran’s lawyer and Fiske asked the judge for a lighter punishment, arguing that Imran struggled with mental health issues.
Fiske said she and her ex-boyfriend had suffered enough. She asked the judge to show Imran mercy because he was in a bad place at the time, reports ABC 7:
“To me, the length of time that he serves in prison isn’t what’s important. 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.”
“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.”
The judge sentenced the Arlington doctor to 20 years with 17 years suspended.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, Misoprostol is an abortion pill approved by the FDA; it’s used to terminate a pregnancy during the first 10 weeks.
Medical professionals do not administer the pill after 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Imran lost his medical license for spiking his girlfriend’s tea with a lethal drug; he could be deported to Pakistan after he serves his three year sentence.
Fiske said she wants to move on from the tragedy, and she’s finding a way to cope with her loss.