Nebraska’s Catholic Creighton University Cancels Pro-Abortion Speaker

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 28, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Nebraska’s Catholic Creighton University Cancels Pro-Abortion Speaker

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 28,

Omaha, NE ( — Creighton University in Nebraska has announced that it will cancel a planned speech by abortion advocate Anne Lamott after the Catholic school received significant outcry from pro-life advocates. School officials announced it has "mutually agreed" to shelve the talk with Lamott.

News of the cancellation came yesterday and Lamott’s appearance was slated for September 19 at the Jesuit university.

In an announcement on the college’s web site, officials said "Creighton University and author Anne Lamott have mutually agreed upon cancellation of her public lecture."

Creighton officials said Lamott’s public disagreement with Catholic teaching against abortion and euthanasia "makes her an inappropriate choice for the Women and Health Lecture Series."

"After careful review of Ms. Lamott’s most recent writings (which postdated her contract agreement), we have concluded that key points are in opposition to Catholic teachings," the college added. "At a featured lecture like this, the degree to which the speaker’s views do not harmonize with our Catholic mission becomes more salient."

Lamott had an abortion in 1984 and has been justifying it ever since.

She tells of the experience in her book "Tender Mercies" and even admits that "I was sadder than I’d been since my father died" following the abortion.

Following the abortion, Lamott drowned herself in codeine and alcohol for a week and bled profusely. She describes her personal struggle with the church and confronting God.

Yet, she continues to publicly support abortion.

"It is a moral necessity that we not be forced to bring children into the world for whom we cannot be responsible and adoring and present," she writes. "We must not inflict life on children who will be resented; we must not inflict unwanted children on society."

In an article on Lamott’s life, National Right to Life author and news writer Dave Andrusko shares his analysis of her position and her life.

He describes her as a "woman who, for most of her life, has hung on to life by her fingernails."

"When Lamott compares the pain associated with her abortion to the pain she felt at the death of her dad it tells us something very significant, even if she might adamantly deny that it did.

"There are tens of millions of wounded women in America today, trying to come to grips with a decision many, many of them regret more than anything else in their lives," he concludes. "With your help and mine, they can find the forgiveness that is waiting for them."

ACTION: Contact Creighton University at 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178, (p) 402.280.2017, (f) 402.280.57. You can also email [email protected] to thank the college for canceling the speech.