Women’s College Allows Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz CEO to Give Commencement

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 11, 2014   |   2:55PM   |   Washington, DC

One of the top women’s colleges in the nation thinks the CEO of America’s biggest abortion business is the best candidate to give the commencement address to this Spring to graduating students.

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, will deliver the keynote address at Barnard College’s 122nd Commencement on May 18. Richards will address approximately 600 members of the Class of 2014 and receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction, the College’s highest honor, together with three other honorees.

cecilerichards14“Throughout her career, Cecile Richards has advocated for civic engagement and public participation as essential components of law-making and the political process,” said Barnard President Debora Spar. “Now, as head of Planned Parenthood, she is at the center of the ongoing national dialogue on women’s rights and health. Her extraordinary insight and experience will inspire our graduates, whose own lives and careers will contribute to the future of these critically important issues for women everywhere.”

Spar will preside over the ceremony and confer the Barnard Medals of Distinction, present the degree candidates, and address the expected crowd of approximately 3,500 graduates, family members, faculty, and staff.

A bio Barnard College offers of Richards calls her a “nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health and reproductive rights” and makes no mention of the organization’s status as the biggest abortion business in the country that snuffs out the lives of 330,000 people every year — including future Barnard College students.



The Weekly Standard reports that pro-life students at Barnard are already complaining about the selection:

Already Barnard students are speaking out against the selection of Richards. In an op-ed for the Columbia Spectator, Barnard senior Kate Christensen decried the college for choosing such a divisive commencement speaker:

By choosing such a controversial figure, Barnard implies that students who take deep offense to this choice do not have valid concerns, and their beliefs do not matter. Choosing a speaker of such moral and political controversy seems to assume that the opposing minority will be shamed into silence for their beliefs and will take this decision more or less sitting down. Perhaps Barnard, in whatever calculus it is doing, does not care about offending and isolating students like me, families in attendance like mine, or beliefs like the ones I hold.

ACTION: Contact Barnard College to complain at https://www.barnard.edu/node/1095