Over 500 Rhode Islanders from both parties urged the General
Assembly to reject partial birth abortion, extremist pro-abortion legislation.
Rhode Islanders attended the Day of Action organized by Citizens for Life,
Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness and other pro-life groups and churches.
Carey Jeffrey, one of the event’s organizers, presented State Representative
Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D - Warwick) with a petition signed by over 6,000 Rhode
Islanders urging the General Assembly to reject H 5125 and H 5127. Legislators
also received survey research showing 69% of Rhode Islanders oppose partial
birth abortion – which would be legal under both bills - and an online petition
with 8,000 signatures.
“Rhode Islanders from both parties came together today to
stand up to the pro-abortion radicals,” said Jeffrey. “The evidence is clear -
voters do not want the General Assembly to end parental consent for minors to
get an abortion, they don’t want to deregulate the conditions of abortion clinics,
and they do not want to legalize elective, partial-birth abortion.”
Day of Action attendees heard from Representative Sherry Roberts
(R - West Greenwich) and Representative Samuel Azzinaro (D - Westerly.) Both
agreed with Representative
Vella-Wilkinson that H 5125 and H 5127 are too extreme and
should not be passed.
Rich Lafond served as Master of Ceremonies introducing other
speakers including Gail
Faraj-Musleh, Director of the Mother of Life Center, Retired
Air Force Chaplain Father Peter Mongeon, Tyler Rowley, President of Servants of
Christ for Life. Danielle Belt and Sonia Morales also spoke as concerned
“This conversation has been dominated by a small group of
radical extremists for too long,” said Jeffrey. “Today, legislators heard from
voters who don’t normally get involved in politics butrepresent the mainstream
view of Rhode Islanders from both parties.”