Abortionist Inappropriately Appointed to RI Governor-Elect’s Transition Team

November 10, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (MetroCatholic) — Rhode Island Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee, who won office as an Independent, has appointed a transition team that includes an abortionist who admits he has committed abortions in an undisclosed South American country where abortion is illegal.

Chafee appointed Pablo Rodriguez, an abortionist who formerly served as Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island. In 2000, Rodriguez, a radical abortion promoter, penned an essay about his abortion work in an unnamed Andean country where he mused about the irony of committing illegal abortions in a room with images of Jesus and Mary hanging on the wall, and made references to the religious protesters outside his Rhode Island abortion clinic. He lamented the possibility of restrictions on abortions in the United States and voiced gratification that he had trained “cholitas” in the Andes to manage “the complications of unintended pregnancy,” his euphemism for abortion.

“I never thought that I would be performing an abortion in a room with a picture of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, but there I was, in the middle of the Andes,” Rodriguez wrote in the opening statement of his essay.

“Chafee’s appointment of an abortionist who admits not only to doing illegal abortions, but has trained others to do them, is one that shows a gross lack of good judgment,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We call on Mr. Chafee to replace Pablo Rodriguez as soon as possible with someone who has not made a living taking the lives of innocent children through abortion.”

About Operation Rescue
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America. Operation Rescue is now headquartered in a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in 2006. From there, Operation Rescue launches its innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-born in obedience to biblical mandates.


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