Pro-Life advocates in Rhode Island are outraged after the state’s most notorious abortionist has been invited as a panelist to a forum and networking reception at Providence College.
Providence College is a Roman Catholic institution, a fact that makes the sanctioning of abortionist Pablo Rodriguez’s speech all the more surprising and offensive to Rhode Island pro-life leaders. The Catholic Church takes a strong, uncompromising stance against abortion.
“We suspect that it is apparent to most folks, even those without advanced degrees, that a Catholic college should not invite an unrepentant abortionist to hobnob and speak publicly on campus,”Rhode Island Right to Life said in a press release. “We can only conclude that the political science department at Providence College has gone completely off the rails and remains completely unrestrained by the Providence College administration and by the Order of Preachers…”
Rodriguez is not just known for performing abortions, but for actively and publicly promoting the procedure as part of what he calls the “gospel of reproductive rights.”
The Center for Family and Human Rights website chronicles some background on Rodriguez, who once did abortions illegally in several South American countries. He called aborting unborn babies in South America his “mission.”
He said, “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 also used to serve as the medical director for Planned Parenthood Rhode Island.
Three years ago, the college also came under fire for the pro-abortion Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse being invited to deliver a “major public address.”
ACTION: Contact the office of Providence College president Rev. Shanley at (401) 865-2153 to express your concerns.