Catholic Group Applauds University of St. Thomas for Canceling Pro-Abortion Speaker

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 25, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 25
, 2008

Houston, TX ( — A pro-life group that monitors the activities at Catholic colleges is applauding the University of St. Thomas for canceling a faculty and staff invitation for Dolores Huerta. The Cardinal Newman Society today praised President Robert Ivany for not allowing the pro-abortion Latino leader to speak on campus.

Huerta had been invited to help launch the Latin American and Latino Studies program.

She is a United Farm Workers of America co-founder but has also been awarded by Planned Parenthood in March 2007 with a top award for her abortion advocacy.

Despite support for her by some faculty members who emphasized her prominence on Latino issues, Dr. Ivany told the Houston Chronicle he was “saddened by her prominent and outspoken advocacy of abortion as an option.”

Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, told on Monday, “We applaud Dr. Ivany for his strong witness in support of Catholic principles."

"He clearly understands that no Catholic university should give an abortion advocate a public platform or special position of honor," he added. "Once again, the University of St. Thomas has shown itself to be an admirable Catholic institution.”

Huerta has also come under fire for lobbying key labor unions in California in 2006 to oppose Proposition 85, a constitutional amendment that would require abortion practitioners to notify parents of a teen before doing an abortion on her.

She worked with the pro-abortion Feminist Majority Foundation to get the AFL-CIO Executive Council to reverse its "no recommendation" stance on the ballot measure to a solid "vote no" position.

Huerta called the labor union position change a "smashing victory" for abortion advocates

“I cannot tell you what an impact we made,” Huerta said. “All these macho labor guys saw these young women here with their feminist shirts on and it really put a face on what we’re fighting for.”

CNS told that Huerta ultimately learned of the cancellation while stumping with pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Texas.

ACTION: Thank University of St. Thomas President Robert Ivany at University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose, Houston, Texas 77006-4626, or call 713-525-2160 or email [email protected].

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