Georgetown University to Honor Pro-Abortion Vice President Joe Biden With Award

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 21, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Georgetown University to Honor Pro-Abortion Vice President Joe Biden With Award

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 21
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Georgetown University could find itself as the latest Catholic college to upset pro-life Catholics as it plans to present a legal award to pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden. It could join the University of Notre Dame, which has invited President Barack Obama to give commencement, in the doghouse.

Tomorrow, Georgetown University Law Center will host an event honoring Biden with the “Legal Momentum Hero Award."

One pro-life group that monitors Catholic educational institutions says the award would be presented in direct violation of the U.S. bishops’ 2004 policy against such honors to pro-abortion politicians.

“Even as Notre Dame publicly snubs the Catholic bishops, Georgetown appears to be saying, ‘Me, too!,’” Cardinal Newman Society president Patrick Reilly told

Reilly doesn’t appear to be surprised by the news, given other scandals that have occurred at the Catholic college.

“Just last week, Georgetown covered the name of Jesus Christ at the request of the White House," he told "Scandal after scandal at Georgetown, including the stunning 2007 law school policy that offers paid internships for students to work at organizations that advocate for abortion rights, has severely compromised its integrity as a Catholic institution.”

Vice President Joseph Biden, who calls himself a Catholic, is a fierce abortion proponent and someone who has made a reputation out of badgering Supreme Court nominees about abortion during confirmation hearings.

In fact, before he dropped out of the Democratic primary race Obama eventually won, Biden confirmed he would have a pro-abortion litmus test for his own possible judicial picks.

"I would not appoint anyone who did not understand that Section 5 of the 14th Amendment and the Liberty Clause of the 14th Amendment provided a right to privacy … which means they would support Roe v. Wade," he said in a November debate.

Biden’s pro-abortion track record in the Senate mirrors Obama’s.

He received a pro-life voting record of 0 percent from the National Right to Life Committee for 2007-2008.

Before that, Biden compiled records of 0 percent, 16 percent, 0 percent, and 22 percent with the pro-life group in previous Congressional sessions. His support for a ban on partial-birth abortions represented one of the only times he voted with the pro-life side — with Biden voting repeatedly to force taxpayers to fund abortions at home and abroad.

The Georgetown symposium is sponsored by the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law and Legal Momentum, a group that sharply conflicts with the Catholic Church by promoting “reproductive rights,” a euphemism for abortion.

The group also opposes abstinence-only education programs and pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.

ACTION: Express your disappointment about Georgetown University honoring Biden by contacting Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, (p) 202-662-9031. You can also use the contact form at

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