Catholic University of America Cuts Ties With Pro-Abortion Group

National   |   Matthew Archbold   |   Oct 30, 2013   |   7:17PM   |   Washington, DC

The Catholic University of America’s school of social work is reportedly cutting ties with a group due to its advocacy of abortion.

Will Rainford, who became Dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) in June of this year, recently announced in an email to students that he was ending relations with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) because of its position that social workers should support access to abortions for clients, according to the Chronicle of Social Change.

The NASW states in its issues section that social workers should, “assist clients in obtaining whatever help and information they need for effective family planning and for maintaining their reproductive health” including securing funding for abortion services.

The organization’s support of abortion rights doesn’t end with its policy statement either.  The NASW co-sponsored a march for “reproductive freedom” on the National Mall in Washington D.C.; it contested political nominations because of the nominee’s pro-life stance; and publicly supported legislation to legalize abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy, allow post-viability abortions to be performed on an out-patient basis in clinics, allow non-physicians to perform abortions, and possibly eliminate conscience protection of religious hospitals that refuse to perform abortions.

In the email, Rainford informed students, “Such a concrete and public declaration by an institution is completely incongruent with Catholic Tradition and thus renders the organization out of bounds for the school as an institution.”

The NCSSS’s website states, “Social workers attend to the ways human life is attacked, degraded, and discarded.  In social work practice, every person is precious, requiring the professional social worker to strive towards enhancing the life and dignity of the human person.”

A recent tweet from Rainford appears to affirm he takes this core principle of Catholicism to heart.  He tweeted, “I just don’t know how u can be ‘Catholic’ and support abortion.  People make up their own religion 2 justify self.”



A number of graduate students in the NCSSS are reportedly protesting Rainford’s decision.  They have formed a group called “NCSSS Action,” with the goal of convincing Rainford to allow students and faculty to vote on the matter.

LifeNews Note: Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report. Catholic Education Daily is an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society, where this originally appeared.