Catholic College Under Fire for Inviting Former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 28, 2020   |   12:55AM   |   Washington, DC

A Catholic university in Maryland is facing criticism for an upcoming event chock-full of abortion activists and progressives who openly defy church teachings about life and family.

According to TFP Student Action, former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards is slated to be the keynote speaker at the event hosted by Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore.

“When you see the full lineup of anti-Catholic speakers for the event, you’ll understand why the festival should be opposed and denounced,” the pro-life organization wrote.

Under Richards’ leadership, Planned Parenthood killed more than 3 million unborn babies in abortions even as patient numbers shrank and its actual health services declined. Meanwhile, her salary doubled to more than $1 million a year.

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Richards is one of several abortion activists slated to speak at the WOW Women of the World Festival on March 7. Others include pro-abortion actress Amber Tamblyn, Soledad O’Brien, current Planned Parenthood employee Vanessa Geffrard and former NARAL Pro-Choice America board member Rachel Indek.

Also concerning, TFP Student Action noticed that the festival is advertising a “’drop-off session for girls only ages six – ten.’ That means parents are not welcome to hear what their young children will be learning in the ‘youth empowerment room.’”

The pro-life organization is urging the university to cancel the speakers in accordance with Catholic teachings about the sanctity of life.

“Every pro-lifer – young and old – is invited to peacefully protest this outrageous festival sponsored by a Catholic university,” the organization said.

This is not the first time a Catholic university has ignored church teachings and hosted an abortion activist on campus. In 2016, Georgetown University also welcomed Richards, who was still CEO of Planned Parenthood at the time, to speak to students on its campus.

ACTION ALERT: Contact: Dr. Marylou Yam, president of Notre Dame of Maryland University, at [email protected] or 410-532-5300