SCANDAL: Catholic Siena College Invites Radical Pro-Abortion Speaker

By John Ritchie   
November 09, 2011
Siena College New York
Siena College

Update on 11-11-11:  Today, Siena College has informed us that pro-abortion speaker Widney Brown will no longer be giving her presentation. Therefore, this protest was paused.  A big "thank you" goes out to everyone who voiced their concern.  You made the difference. God bless you!

Why would any Catholic college welcome a radical pro-abortionist?


This scandal needs your immediate attention.  Siena College, a Catholic institution in upstate New York, has invited Widney Brown of Amnesty International to address students on November 14.  Brown has publicly promoted worldwide access to abortion and attacked the Catholic Church for its moral position against abortion and contraception.

In a 2010 article published by The Nation, Brown says:

“The Catholic Church… [is] not good on women’s rights. They are horrible on gay rights. And frankly, if you look at what they say about HIV and condoms, they have blood on their hands.”

The Globalization Studies Program at Siena College is welcoming Widney Brown, Senior Director of International Law and Policy at Amnesty International to speak about “The Prognosis for Human Rights in a Politically Changed World.”

One cannot both support abortion and profess to be truly Catholic. Therefore, the right course of action is clear.  To protect its Catholic identity, Siena College should rescind the invitation and uphold its Mission Statement:  “As a Catholic college, Siena seeks to advance not only the intellectual growth of its students, but their spiritual, religious and ethical formation as well.”

Amnesty International’s pro-abortion policy drew criticism from the Vatican.  In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Cardinal Renato Martino stated:  “Individuals and Catholic organizations must withdraw their support, because, in deciding to promote abortion rights, Amnesty International has betrayed its mission.”

Register your polite and respectful protest NOW.

Contact information:  Call, email or fax your protest to Fr. Mullen. 

Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M.
President, Siena College
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, New York 12211-1462
Office: 518-783-2302
Fax: 518-783-4184