Catholic Seminary Fires Professor Who Offered to Take Women to Other States for Abortions

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 24, 2023   |   4:45PM   |   New Orleans, Louisiana

A Louisiana Catholic seminary fired one of its professors recently for offering to fly pregnant mothers to pro-abortion states to abort their unborn babies in elective abortions.

The Guardian reports Greg Williams taught Greek and Latin at St. Joseph Seminary College, near New Orleans, before he was fired for his abortion advocacy. College policy prohibits staff from publicly speaking out against church teachings, including the sanctity of human life.

In an interview with the newspaper, Williams slammed the school for standing firm in its belief that unborn babies are valuable human beings who deserve to be protected.

“It’s a hell of a thing to have [the church] have an official letter addressed to me saying I’m doing heinous evil,” he said. “It’s like – what are you talking about?”

Christianity teaches that killing unborn babies in abortions is evil, and the Catholic Church is a strong international advocate against abortion.

Despite knowing this, Williams posted a message on Facebook in June offering to fly women to other states for abortions after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

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“If any women need to make an unexpected trip from the south to, say, Illinois or New Mexico or Virginia for reasons that are none of my business, I can provide safe, private air transport that would get you where you need to go and back the same day at a price that will work for you,” Williams wrote, according to the report.

Abortions are legal for basically any reason in Illinois, New Mexico and Virginia, while many southern states now protect unborn babies by banning or strictly limiting abortions. Williams did not mention if anyone took him up on the offer.

In early July, St. Joseph Seminary leaders found out about Williams’ abortion advocacy and fired him for “publicly and deliberately advocat[ing] a position contrary to the official teaching of the Catholic Church,” the report continues.

Williams, who is Episcopalian, worked at the seminary for seven years. He said he does believe life begins at conception and abortion is a “terrible tragedy,” but women should be allowed to choose abortion because the world is imperfect.

“And my personal belief about abortion is, I’m not going to be in that position as a man, and there’s all kinds of stuff that might lead somebody to make that decision,” he said.

According to the Catholic News Agency, Williams is a volunteer pilot with the Pilots for Patients program, which provides free flights to patients with urgent medical needs. However, the charity said it does not fly women for abortions, and Williams acted on his own when he offered to fly women to other states for abortions.

But there is another group called Elevated Access that has volunteer pilots flying women to other states for elective abortions.

Women do not need to abort their unborn babies to be successful or healthy, and abortions are not healthcare – something tens of thousands of doctors confirm. State pro-life laws ban elective abortions that kill unborn babies, not medical care for miscarriages or pregnancy complications.

A recent review of state health department data by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found nearly 98 percent of abortions are done for elective reasons.

Research by the Guttmacher Institute and others have found that most women who abort their unborn babies do so because of financial struggles or coercion. Killing unborn babies is not a solution to these problems, rather they show that babies and their mothers need better financial and relational support.

Pro-life advocates across the country are working to meet the needs of women and families, both through legislative and community-based initiatives.

Many are working to expand Medicaid for pregnant and parenting mothers, create tax credits for unborn babies and ensure workplace accommodations (paid parental leave, flexible hours) for parents. Others are opening and expanding pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes and other community-based charities that walk alongside struggling families locally, providing material support, information, counseling, encouragement and more.