Catholic University-NAACP Abortion Debate Continues as Students Protest

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 6, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholic University-NAACP Abortion Debate Continues as Students Protest

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 6, 2004

Washington, DC ( — The Catholic University of America continues to come under fire from abortion advocates and the NAACP after the college prevented students from organizing an official campus chapter of the nation’s oldest civil rights group. CUA officials cite the NAACP’s pro-abortion position and the existence of two other minority-oriented groups.

On Friday, about 40 students protested at the university carrying signs such as "Is C-U-A the last plantation?"

NAACP officials, supported the protesters and said that CUA’s decision amounts to a quota system.

Last month, CUA and NAACP officials met to discuss the situation. Though both sides met to discuss the impasse, an agreement could not be reached.

Rev. David M. O’Connell, president of CUA, attended the June meeting and told the Associated Press that two other groups already exist on campus that promote civil rights but not abortion.

"The feeling was manifested by the student life personnel that some of goals of the group could be met by groups that already existed," Rev. O’Connell told AP. "And, as this discussion continued over several months, in February it came to the attention of the student life personnel that the NAACP had adopted a pro-abortion stance. And that made that concern part of the discussion."

O’Connell has decided that the best way to resolve the situation is to hold a meeting with students when they return in the fall.

After the decision denying the chapter, NAACP President Kweisi Mfume said it was "outright discrimination and intolerance all rolled into one."

Mfume, a former Maryland congressman who built up a solid pro-abortion voting record during his tenure, threatened to sue if CUA officials didn’t relent.

Earlier this year, CUA’s bookstore canceled an appearance by Eleanor Holmes Norton, Democratic House delegate for the District of Columbia, because of her position in favor of abortion.

In February, for the first time in the 95-year history of the nation’s largest civil rights group, the NAACP officially announced a position in favor of keeping abortions legal.

The organization also co-sponsored a nationwide rally in April sponsored by leading abortion advocates such as NARAL and Planned Parenthood. They rally attracted less than half of the amount of people organizers expected.

Mfume said the CUA decision was the first time in decades that a college had not allowed a group of students to establish an NAACP affiliate.

ACTION: Make your views known. Contact the NAACP about their decision to endorse abortion at NAACP, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215 or call (877) NAACP-98. Email [email protected].