The following comes from a November 20 Cardinal Newman Society article by Adam Cassandra:
Just eight months after being chastised by the Archdiocese of Washington for lacking an “environment of morality, ethics and human decency” on campus, Georgetown University proudly hosted a day-long symposium on Veterans Day featuring a dozen abortion advocates discussing the “injustices” of legal barriers to abortion.
The Church teaches that abortion is “gravely contrary to the moral law,” and formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. One can even be excommunicated from the Church for procuring an abortion.
But at Georgetown, expressing support for abortion on campus is simply part of the “free exchange of ideas,” no matter how evil or offensive those ideas are to the faith traditions the university claims to represent. At least, that’s what the administration said back in March, when America’s oldest Jesuit and Catholic university came under fire for hosting Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, a woman responsible for the deaths of almost three million babies.
The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law (GJGL) at Georgetown Law was the host of the pro-abortion November 11 event entitled “Dismantling Reproductive Injustices: The Hyde Amendment and Criminalization of Self-Induced Abortion.” The mission of the GJGL is to “explore the impact of gender, sexuality, and race on both the theory and practice of law.” The stated goal of the event was to bring together “leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of reproductive justice, feminist jurisprudence and queer legal theory” to focus on “the intersections of access to reproductive healthcare, gender identity, poverty, race, ethnicity and culture” as relates to the Hyde Amendment and self-induced abortion.
Portrayed as a scholarly affair to be featured in the journal’s biennial symposium issue, the conference was clearly aimed at attacking the right to life and efforts to safeguard the human dignity of the unborn. A news report described the event as featuring “pro-abortion advocates who seek abortion-on-demand and taxpayer-funded abortion through federal health programs.”
The two “injustices” discussed — the Hyde Amendment and laws against self-induced abortion — are in place to protect human life. The Hyde Amendment restricts taxpayer funding for abortion at the federal level and has saved more than 2 million lives in the last 40 years. “Self-induced abortion” is another way of saying “at-home abortion,” which involves killing an unborn child through non-surgical means that involve limited or no supervision by medical professionals.
Every featured speaker at the symposium is in some way involved in trying to legalize, normalize or support abortion either through their personal activism or through their employers and affiliated organizations. And the event was co-sponsored by the abortion advocacy organization If/When/How along with a Georgetown institute that publicly supports abortion on its website, the O’Neill Institute.