Monday, February 28, 2005

Abortionist charged with sexual assault of patients

Michigan abortionist Rodolfo Finkelstein, age 55, has been arraigned on two charges of first degree criminal sexual assault. According to LifeNews, Finkelstein could face life in prison for these charges. He also faces five other charges.

Two abortion patients, a doctor, and a nurse testified in a hearing.

LifeNews published this report.

A Daily Oakland Press report said much of the testimony of the women was graphic and one 21 year-old who had Finkelstein perform a second trimester abortion on her described his inappropriate advances and sexual acts.

Meanwhile, a 19 year-old woman who had an abortion in January 2003 at his abortion facility says Finkelstein kissed her and squeezed her buttocks following a post-abortion examination.

Finkelstein still performs abortions at the Women's Advisory Centers in Livonia and Bloomfield Township.

Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor Barbara Morrison told the Press that the witnesses did a good job of describing what happened to them.

"The complainants held up remarkably well. It took a lot of courage," she said.


Police said Finkelstein made it a practice of seeing women alone for examinations and he kissed, fondled and sexually assaulted them when nurses were not around.

LifeNews also says that two other abortionists have recently been charged with sexual abuse of patients.

In February 2004, abortion practitioner Ronald Stevenson, of Oregon was convicted on two counts of inappropriately touching or kissing a patient.


Meanwhile, in January 2004, Arizona abortion practitioner Brian Finkel was sentenced to 34 years in prison after he was found guilty of 22 counts of sexual abuse against women who complained he touched their breasts and private parts inappropriately during abortions and examinations.

Read Lime 5 for more examples of sexual misconduct by abortionists. We wrote up a whole chapter on just this issue.

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