Georgetown University Blasted for Funding Student’s Pro-Abortion Internships

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

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 28,

Washington, DC ( — Georgetown University is coming under fire from a pro-life group that monitors activities at Catholic colleges and universities. The college Georgetown law school has adopted a policy that will provide funding to law students to intern with public interest organizations — including ones that promote abortion.

The Cardinal Newman Society says Georgetown adopted the policy to accommodate students who had previously been denied funding for abortion advocacy work with Planned Parenthood.

According to The Hoya student newspaper, Joy Welan, the president of the Georgetown Law Center’s pro-abortion student group Law Students for Choice, “We think that this compromise is fantastic news, for students who are interested in pursuing careers in reproductive rights advocacy.”

But CNS Executive Vice President Tom Mead said he was "stunned" by the Catholic college’s decision to fund pro-abortion work.

“I am absolutely stunned by Georgetown’s decision to fund abortion advocacy," he told

“Since the Catholic Church teaches that abortion is always wrong, perhaps a faithful law student can get an internship with a public interest organization that will sue Georgetown for false advertising regarding its Catholic identity," he added.

Mead told his group is urging pro-life Catholics to call on Georgetown University President John DeGioia to "exercise his authority as president of an institution that proudly identifies itself as a Catholic university and overturn this outrageous policy."

ACTION: Find contact information to raise your voice about this policy at

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