Man Shoots Girlfriend After She Refuses Abortion Request

State   |   Sarah Terzo   |   Sep 14, 2012   |   6:36PM   |   Allentown, PA

A 24-year-old man from Allentown, Pennsylvania fired several shots at his ex-girlfriend after an argument in which he demanded she have an abortion.

Jashua Kinch-Rodriguez accosted his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Jessenia Rosario as she was getting out of her car outside her apartment building. He began arguing with her as she sat in her car, demanding that she abort the baby and calling her names.

He continued screaming at her and then became physically abusive, punching her in the stomach and genitals and slamming the car door on her legs as she tried to exit the vehicle. He also threatened to kill her.

When Rosario got out of the car and walked up the stairs to her apartment, Kinch-Rodriguez attempted to make good on his threat. He pulled a gun and began firing shots into the apartment, nearly hitting Rosario and endangering the lives of four other people inside.

No one was struck by bullets from the gun. Kinch-Rodriguez was apprehended and is being charged with two counts of aggravated assault (both felonies in the first degree) as well as simple assault, reckless endangerment, and other charges. He is being held in the Lehigh County prison on $100,000 bail.

Rosario and Kinch-Rodriguez had dated for 16 months and he is believed to be the father of her unborn baby, which she refuses to abort.

Violence against pregnant women is all too common, and murder is actually the most common cause of death among them.(1) Women who were shot and killed by the fathers of their unborn babies after they refused to have abortions include 18-year-old Kalisha Bosier of New York, Tanika Rachelle Fox of North Carolina, 18-year-old Ashley Lyons in Kentucky, and 21-year-old Lorena Rivera in Oklahoma.(2)




  1. I.L. Horton and D. Cheng, “Enhanced Surveillance for Pregnancy-Associated Mortality- Maryland, 1993-1998,” JAMA 285(11): 1455-1459 (2001); J. Macfarlane et. al. “Abuse During Pregnancy and Femicide: Urgent Implications for Women’s Health,” Obstetrics & Gynecology 100: 27-36 (2002) 4. Melinda Tankard-Reist, Giving Sorrow Words (Springfield, IL.; Acorn Books, 2007)
  2. Forced Abortion Part III Violence Can Lead to Murder  The Elliot Institute, Note: Sarah Terzo is a pro-life liberal who runs, a web site devoted to exposing the abortion industry.