By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

  ASUNCION, July 31, 2008 ( – Paraguay’s future Minister of Women, Gloria Rubin, is openly defending her pro-abortion position.

“Abortion is prohibited by the law? And? Was something achieved?  Was maternal and infant health improved in the country?  Did it reduce deaths?  Those are the questions that I ask to those who work in favor of life and who criticize my selection,” Rubin reportedly said in a radio interview.

  Rubin further claimed that “abortion is the greatest cause of death for women in Paraguay, because abortion is penalized by the law, by the Christian churches, in Paraguay and around the world.”

“However,” she continued “despite this statistic, they continue to do it.  So I ask those who protest in favor of life, if this policy of prohibition is worth it.”

  Rubin’s claim, however, is contradicted by UN and local government statistics.  The UN in particular has concluded that 5,000 women die from abortion every year in all of Latin America, and with Paraguay’s proportionally small population of 5.9 million people, deaths from abortion would represent only a small fraction of the total number of female deaths annually.

  Rubin was selected by president-elect Fernando Lugo, who is a former Catholic bishop who has been suspended and now removed from the clerical state by the Vatican for participating in politics.

  Lugo has also selected pro-abortion Lilian Soto to lead the Ministry of Public Function.

  Celica Meyer, Secretary General of the pro-life federation FEDAVIFA, is blasting the selection of pro-abortion cabinet members, who “publicly campaign against life, promoting abortion in society.”

  She accuses the women of working with international population control organizations, like the UN Population Fund and World Bank, “who campaign to prevent births using compulsion, supposedly in order to reduce poverty.”

  Previous coverage:

  Suspended Bishop and President-Elect of Paraguay Selects Two Pro-Abortion Ministers

  Wayward Catholic Bishop Wins Presidency in Paraguay

  Renegade Catholic Bishop and Proponent of “Liberation Theology” Favorite to Win Presidency in Paraguay


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