Once again, one of America’s top Catholic universities is straying from its mission and allowing abortion supporters to promote their agenda on campus.
The University of Notre Dame recently announced that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an outspoken abortion advocate, will speak on campus on Monday, Sept. 12. The event will be a dialogue between Ginsburg and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams on a variety of issues.
Ginsburg frequently mentions abortion during her speeches and interviews, and she most likely will address the issue again at Notre Dame. Ginsburg has become an icon among abortion activists because she does not shy away from pro-abortion politics.
She was one of the five justices who sided with abortion activists in the June decision Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down Texas abortion clinic regulations that protected women’s health and safety. Ginsburg and four other justices ruled that these safety regulations were an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion.
In July, she spoke with the New York Times about her pro-abortion position and the presidential race, and said laws should not deny a woman “her right to choose” abortion in any circumstances.
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Ginsburg has consistently ruled against any abortion regulations that reach the high court. She also sided with the Obama Administration in trying to force nuns with the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their employee health care plans.
After a majority of the high court justices sided with Hobby Lobby in a similar case, Ginsburg accused them of being sexist. In an interview with pro-abortion media icon Katie Couric, Ginsburg lashed out at her colleagues and claimed they have a “blind spot” towards women because they decided that Hobby Lobby should not be forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees.
Ginsburg’s actions and statements directly conflict with Catholic religious teachings, but Notre Dame has a reputation for going against its own religious mission. Earlier this year, the university bestowed one of its top awards to pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden.
In March, The Cardinal Newman Society criticized the university for honoring Biden: “In truth, the University’s praise and honor for Vice President Joe Biden creates a toxic religious environment on Notre Dame’s campus and in the broader public, betrays the University’s religious mission, and sends the clear message that a Catholic who unrepentantly and publicly opposes Catholic moral teaching deserves a Catholic university honor for being a model Catholic citizen.”
In 2009, Notre Dame also gave an honorary degree to President Barack Obama, who is considered to be the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. Later, while the university was fighting against Obama’s burdensome HHS Mandate, it invited him back to speak.