Pro-abortion congresswoman tells students at archdiocesan high school: “We are losing our compass”
On April 20, the archdiocesan newspaper Catholic San Francisco reported on a visit earlier this month by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier to Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo — without mentioning the congresswoman’s pro-abortion voting record or her long record of support for same-sex ‘marriage.’
Serra High, an all-boys college preparatory school, is listed in the directory of the Department of Catholic Schools as a school of the San Francisco archdiocese. According to the school’s website, 2011-12 tuition is $16,320.
According to the Catholic San Francisco article, Speier, a Democrat who represents California’s 12th Congressional District, expressed dismay about the direction of the country and began by telling the students. “We are challenged, because we are losing our compass.”
“The values she learned at Mercy High School in Burlingame – which her daughter now attends – said the 61-year-old congresswoman, helped her through the tough times, along with friends and family,” the article continued. “She went on to become the youngest member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and to serve in both the California State Assembly and Senate. In 2008, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.”
If Speier has a compass, it is certainly not oriented toward Catholicism. The political tracking agency Project Vote Smart gives an unbiased report on Speier’s “values.” According to Vote Smart, Speier has never received a less than 100% annual approval rating from Planned Parenthood or from NARAL. She has never received less than an 87% annual approval rating from homosexual activist groups — her most common annual rating from such groups is 100%.
For 2009-2010, the most recent year listed, Speier received a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest homosexual activist organization in the country.
In a statement published on Aug. 4, 2010, Speier responded this way to a federal judge’s ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional: “I have married gay and lesbian couples when it was legal, and I look forward to the day when they are given back the right to marry in California.”
Speier also led the charge among Democratic legislators to punish the Susan G. Komen Foundation — a private, non-profit group — for reconsidering its funding of Planned Parenthood. On Feb. 1, 2012, The Hill reported: “Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday morning said she would no longer support the Susan G. Komen Foundation because of that organization’s decision to no longer provide funding to Planned Parenthood. ‘I have been a big booster of the Susan G. Komen organization,’ Speier said on the House floor. ‘But not anymore.’ On Monday, Speier tweeted ‘Komen’s decision hurts women — it puts politics before women’s health. @komenforthecure should be ashamed.’”
Catholic San Francisco did note that Speier, who lists her religion as Roman Catholic, opposes the Catholic bishops over the HHS Mandate: “Asked by a student to comment on the Obama administration’s health care mandate that would require insurers to pay for birth control pills, Speier said she believed it was unfair and even discriminatory not to have the coverage. ‘Birth control is not about abortion,’ she said.”