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Manchester man leaves bullet at abortion clinic 'because they killed my baby'

By MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader

April 20. 2018 9:14AM
This image taken from a YouTube video shows the Health Quarters office in Beverly, Mass. (YOUTUBE)



JOSHUA PAIVA

A Manchester man was ordered to get counseling when he admitted leaving a 9mm bullet at a Beverly, Mass., abortion clinic, after his girlfriend went there for the procedure, Massachusetts authorities said.

Joshua Paiva, 21, told police: “I left the bullet behind because they killed my baby,” according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokesman for the Essex County District Attorney.

“Apparently he expressed to police he (left the bullet) because he was unhappy with his girlfriend’s decision to terminate her pregnancy,” Monahan said.

Paiva accompanied his girlfriend to the Health Quarters clinic on Feb. 14 and was arrested the following day in Manchester, she said.

He was arrested at 102 Donohue Drive in Manchester Feb. 15 on a Massachusetts warrant

Paiva avoided jail time but was put on probation for a year, ordered to undergo counseling, and barred from possessing weapons, including in New Hampshire, Monahan said. As part of the plea bargain, he pleaded guilty to illegal possession of ammunition; prosecutors dropped a charge of threatening to commit a crime.

Paiva admitted to police that he and his girlfriend left the clinic, but he returned and placed the bullet in a transaction tray.

“I’m not sure if this will be a deterrent,” said the clinic’s executive director, Gabrielle Ross of Paiva’s punishment.

Ross said her staff immediately called Beverly police when they discovered the bullet. Everyone who enters the clinic provides an ID, which staff made a copy of. The copy and security cameras allowed police to trace the bullet to Paiva, she said.

“We have very tight security protocols. We followed all protocols. Our concern is for patient and staff safety,” Ross said.

The Salem (Mass.) News quoted Paiva’s lawyer as saying that his client has no history of making threats against abortion clinics or protesting.

“He was sad,” said Beverly lawyer Patrick Conway, according to the newspaper. Paiva had only just learned he was going to be a father when his girlfriend told him of her decision.

“He still wanted to be there for his girlfriend,” said the lawyer. “By his own admission, he should have done some things differently.”

mhayward@unionleader.com


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