Introducing pro-abortion HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Georgetown’s graduating class of 2012, the Dean of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI) said: “She works every day to improve access to health care for our nation’s children...”
However, the dean ignored the truth: Sebelius promotes pro-abortion policies that turn the womb into the most dangerous place for unborn children to live in America.
On May 18, as Georgetown University prepared to honor the chief architect of the Obamacare contraception mandate, TFP Student Action volunteers were kicking into gear for a prayerful protest at America’s oldest Catholic university.
Shortly before 10:00 AM, we set up our campaign on the public sidewalk outside the Healy Gates, where we were joined by several other pro-life leaders and activists.
Hoisting aloft the American flag, the TFP standard, and a banner reading: “Sebelius persecutes the Church, yet Georgetown welcomes her. Faithful Catholics protest,” we braced for the expectedly polarized response of passers-by. We were not disappointed.
“Thank you for your respectful approach,” said a graduation goer. “You make the Catholic Church look good.”
One man, entering the gate to attend his daughter’s graduation, commented: “I am with you guys on this; I just cannot understand why a Catholic school would invite someone like this.” Others were less positive: “You’re ruining this graduation. Why did you choose to come today?” to which we responded: “We didn’t choose the day; Georgetown did when it invited Sebelius.”
In response to our sign reading, “Georgetown: You can’t be Catholic and pro-abortion,” one man proclaimed: “Why are you guys even here? Catholic is just a name!” Sadly, it seems that Georgetown would agree. In contrast with this attitude, the assembled pro-life supporters joined together in the recitation of the rosary in reparation for the grave scandal underway at Georgetown.
Between rosaries, we also chanted slogans. “Catholic Fidelity: YES! -- Pro-abortion Sebelius: NO!” and “Keep America strong, defend innocent life!”
The TFP protest was covered by several news outlets including CNN, Fox News and The Washington Post.
After a campaign of several hours, complete with debates, interviews, and more importantly, the recitation of the rosary, we departed, ready to continue defending Catholic moral teaching in the ongoing battle for the soul of America.