SPECIAL REPORT: 20 Catholic Colleges Sponsor Chapters of Pro-Abortion Amnesty International
January 21, 2016 | By Kimberly Scharfenberger | Cardinal Newman Society
Although known for its long history of fighting human rights abuses, Amnesty International has become a world leader in pushing for legalized abortion and gay marriage, establishing themselves as an opponent of the Catholic Church. But research conducted by The Cardinal Newman Society found that 20 Catholic colleges and six Catholic law schools sponsor active student chapters of Amnesty International despite the organization’s anti-Catholic activism worldwide.
“While there is still much ignorance about Amnesty International’s radical swing toward abortion advocacy, we are informing Catholic educators and urging them to refrain from any cooperation with the organization,” said Newman Society President Patrick Reilly.
Historically, Amnesty International (AI) maintained a neutral stance on abortion, but in 2007 the group’s executive board announced that the organization would support abortion in certain situations. Following the organization’s decision to support abortion as a human right, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace urged Catholics to end funding and support for Amnesty International.
“I believe that, if in fact Amnesty International persists in this course of action, individuals and Catholic organizations must withdraw their support, because, in deciding to promote abortion rights, AI has betrayed its mission,” Cardinal Renato Martino, then-president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told the National Catholic Register in a 2007 interview. Through its new stance on abortion, the organization “betrayed all of its faithful supporters throughout the years,” Cardinal Martino continued, “who have trusted AI for its integral mission of promoting and protecting human rights.”
In 2007, the Newman Society urged Catholic colleges to end affiliations with AI due to its support for abortion in a letter sent to the presidents of Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. “If your institution has an AI chapter, The Cardinal Newman Society urges you to work with your students to reorganize the club and continue its important work promoting human rights without an Amnesty International affiliation,” wrote the Newman Society’s vice president, Tom Mead.
But many Catholic colleges continue to sponsor chapters of the pro-abortion organization.
Using Amnesty International USA’s “Find a Group” search tool, the Newman Society identified 58 Catholic colleges listed as sponsoring a student chapter. The Society then attempted to verify the existence of these chapters by reviewing each college website, and contacting administrators. Information documenting Amnesty International’s worldwide push for legalized abortion was also sent to administrators with requests for comment to justify their continued sponsorship of AI chapters.
Following verification efforts, the Newman Society identified 20 Catholic colleges and six Catholic law schools with active AI student chapters:
-Boston College and Boston College Law School in Mass.;
-The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.;
-Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.;
-DePaul University in Chicago;
-Dominican University in River Forest, Ill.;
-Edgewood College in Madison, Wis;
-Fordham University and Fordham University School of Law in the Bronx;
-Georgetown University and Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C.;
-Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y.;
-Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif.;
-Loyola University Chicago;
-Loyola University New Orleans School of Law;
-Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.;
-Marygrove College in Detroit;
-Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.;
-Providence College in Rhode Island;
-Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas;
-Saint Louis University in St. Louis;
-Santa Clara University Law School in California;
-Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.;
-University of Detroit Mercy Law School in Michigan;
-University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas;
-Villanova University in Pennsylvania.
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