PP Prez Cecile Richards Tells “Catholic” Georgetown University Abortion “is a Basic Human Right”

PP Prez Cecile Richards Tells “Catholic” Georgetown University Abortion “is a Basic Human Right”

JUSTIN PETRISEK, KIMBERLY SCHARFENBERGER
APR 21, 2016 | WASHINGTON, DC
Cardinal Newman Society via LifeNews.com/2016/04/21/cecile-richards-tells-catholic-georgetown-university-abortion-is-a-basic-human-right/

Georgetown University blocked concerned Catholics and reporters from attending today’s campus lecture by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, but tweets from participating students revealed faithful Catholics’ worst fears: Richards spoke to a packed auditorium, flagrantly advocating abortion, deriding pro-lifers and scandalizing students at the nation’s oldest Catholic university.

Richards was introduced by the student group H*yas for Choice, according to a tweet from The Hoya’s Twitter page, once again demonstrating the substantial leeway given by Georgetown to this “unofficial” pro-abortion club. “I can’t wait to come back when this [H*yas for Choice] is a recognized campus group,” Richards reportedly stated upon taking the stage. “A girl can dream.” H*yas for Choice is responsible for numerous scandals at Georgetown, such as hosting “choice weeks,” protesting pro-life conferences and pushing for contraception distribution on campus.

In early March, The Cardinal Newman Society broke the news that Georgetown’s student-run Lecture Fund would be hosting Richards. The Archdiocese of Washington and its newspaper, the Catholic Standard, were quick to criticize the outrageous event, but the University administration refused to rescind Richards’ invitation.

As expected, the event seems to have been a platform for Richards to indoctrinate students with pro-abortion rhetoric and repeatedly attack the dignity of human life. Richards reportedly denied that Planned Parenthood ever sold fetal tissue and claimed abortion is a “basic human right.”

A campus newspaper, The Hoya, used Twitter to quote Richards throughout the event. Among the tweets:

“The decision to have a child is the most personal… we believe this is not decision to be made by politicians.”- @CecileRichards

On @HyasForChoice, “I can‘t wait to come back when this is a recognized campus group. A girl can dream.” – @CecileRichards

“The world can be cruel and it can be unjust. But here‘s the good news – you can have the power to change it.” – @CecileRichards

“I can‘t wait for the day that partisan politics gets out of reproductive health care in America.” – @CecileRichards

“Planned Parenthood has never sold fetal tissue and never would.” – @CecileRichards on the scam video scandal.

“No woman should be afraid to gain access to reproductive rights.” – @CecileRichards on increased animosity at Planned Parenthood clinics.

“The decision to have a child is the most personal… we believe this is not decision to be made by politicians.” – @CecileRichards

One Georgetown senior, Amber Athey, also sought to expose the event by live-tweeting some of Cecile Richards’ and the Lecture Fund’s most outrageous quotes using the hashtag #CecileAtGU. “[T]o my knowledge the event was NOT videotaped, so this was a way of informing the public #CecileAtGU,”Athey explained at the end of her messaging.

“So far I have heard pro-lifers referred to as ‘crazies’ and protestors had their right to protest questioned #CecileAtGU,“ Athey’s live messaging began. Athey also tweeted that the head of the GU Lecture Fund claimed that “hosting an abortion provider is ‘in the spirit of a Jesuit university,’” and, even more disturbingly, that God is “pro-choice.” The rest of Athey’s tweets capture the disturbing content of Richards’ lecture to students and the dishearteningly positive response of attendees. Georgetown students reportedly gave Richards a standing ovation and cheered when Richards spoke about more abortion clinics being opened.

The following is a selection of Athey’s live-tweeted messages:

So far I have heard pro lifers referred to as “crazies” and protestors had their right to protest questioned #CecileAtGU

According to head of GU lecture fund, hosting an abortion provider is “in the spirit of a Jesuit university” #CecileAtGU

Apparently quiet pro life protestors are being screamed at by pro choice students outside the event #CecileAtGU

Cecile Richards receives a standing ovation from Georgetown students #CecileAtGU

Cecile thinks H*yas For Choice, abortion advocates, should be an official student group at a Catholic university #CecileAtGU

According to Cecile people couldn‘t find information on how to put on a condom before Planned Parenthood website #CecileAtGU

GU students cheering for more abortion clinics being opened #CecileAtGU

Apparently being pro choice is hard… geez Cecile imagine how hard it is to be a minority pro lifer AT A CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY #CecileAtGU

End of Cecile’s talk receives a standing ovation as well… time for Q&A #CecileAtGU

“Nonpartisan” GU lecture fund asks for round of applause for abortion providers #CecileAtGU

LEADER OF LECTURE FUND TELLS US GOD IS PRO CHOICE AND SHE IS A DEVOUT CATHOLIC #CecileAtGU

Cecile Richards shames pro life student and tells her that her statistics are made up #CecileAtGU

The tweets give added emphasis to the prior statement of the Archdiocese of Washington:

“What we lament and find sadly lacking in this choice by the student group is any reflection of what should be an environment of morality, ethics and human decency that one expects on a campus that asserts its Jesuit and Catholic history and identity.”

The statement continued:

The apparent unawareness of those pushing the violence of abortion and the denigration of human dignity that there are other human values and issues being challenged in the world lends credence to the perception of the “ivory tower” life of some on campus. This unfortunately does not speak well for the future. One would hope to see this generation of Georgetown graduates have a far less self-absorbed attitude when facing neighbors and those in need, especially the most vulnerable among us.

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  1. Georgetown University Rally for Planned Parenthood Endangered Souls

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    April 21, 2016, at 1:49 PM | By CNS Staff | Editorial
    www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4857/Georgetown-University-Rally-for-Planned-Parenthood-Endangered-Souls.aspx

    Georgetown University officials must take full responsibility for the scandalous, immoral and anti-Catholic comments made by the president of Planned Parenthood to students yesterday — with the full approval and defense of the nation’s oldest Catholic university — and they should make immediate changes to their speaker policy to uphold truth and avoid endangering the souls of their students.
    The administration’s disclaimers about not endorsing guest speaker views and appealing to free speech arguments cannot be taken seriously as excuses to what students were exposed to yesterday. There was no academic benefit for students, nor was this event an attempt to aid students in the pursuit of truth and knowledge. Cecile Richards’ lecture at Georgetown was nothing more than a pep rally for Planned Parenthood and the terrible, evil work that organization is openly committed to doing.
    We do not use the word “evil” lightly or in passing. It is a truth of the Catholic faith that all sin is evil. Sin opposes the will of God. And those who engage in sin separate themselves from God. The Church calls all persons to reject sin and draw closer to Our Lord. Catholic universities have a responsibility to cooperate with the Church in her mission of evangelization. Georgetown officials seem content to abandon that responsibility.
    Killing an innocent human life through abortion is a sin, and is evil. The use of contraception to prevent pregnancy is a sin, and is evil. Sterilizing one’s self to prevent the transmission of new human life is a sin, and is evil. These are truths taught by the Church. But students at Georgetown reportedly cheered for these evils as they were promoted by Richards yesterday, who delivered her propaganda with the consent of Georgetown officials.
    There’s no doubt that “an environment of morality, ethics and human decency that one expects on a campus that asserts its Jesuit and Catholic history and identity” is “sadly lacking” at Georgetown, as theArchdiocese of Washington lamented in its statement on Richard’s invitation.
    According to the full text of Richards’ speech, she began by announcing that the “unofficial” Georgetown student group H*yas for Choice distributed 10,000 condoms on campus last semester alone. Georgetown administrators have full knowledge that this group openly opposes Church teaching on the dignity of human life and chastity. Yet officials turn their heads and allow H*yas for Choice to freely operate on campus, sowing dissent against the Church among students.
    Richards’ then spent over an hour attempting to inspire the hundreds of students in attendance to question and challenge authority and challenge laws in seeking to promote abortion and contraception as issues of “rights” and “justice.” It was clear from the description of Richards’ lecture that this event would be nothing more than a promotional rally for Planned Parenthood — an opportunity to stir up opposition to the Church’s moral teachings among students. But Georgetown officials still refused to disinvite Richards.
    In promoting Planned Parenthood, Richards covered many of the talking points concerning the organization’s activism and “services” that have already been refuted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities in their fact sheet, “Planned Parenthood: Setting the Record Straight.” Georgetown officials had to know that Richards would mislead students about the harm Planned Parenthood causes to our society, but the University refused to intervene.
    The staggering number of abortions committed by Planned Parenthood each year (over 300,000) should have also been well known to Georgetown officials. As The Cardinal Newman Society has repeatedly pointed out, Richards herself is responsible for the deaths of more than 2.8 million babies since taking charge of Planned Parenthood.
    Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the barbaric practice of selling of body parts procured from aborted babies is also well-known due to the release of several undercover videos. Richards said she was “proud” of Planned Parenthood’s role in “supporting fetal tissue research” by harvesting the body parts of aborted babies.
    All of this information was public knowledge, but theUniversity still allowed this lecture to take place. To what end? There is no academic freedom that can justify the willful denial of basic truths and advocacy for gruesome crimes against humanity — which is exactly what students heard from Richards yesterday.
    How many other lecturers — either as guests or as faculty —does Georgetown support on campus despite their openly anti-Catholic beliefs? How many lectures are given at Georgetown each year that seek to inspire students to accept immoral teachings with no regard whatsoever to the truth of the faith? The Newman Society’s coverage of scandalous activities at Georgetown for more than 20 years is evidence of a serious disconnect between the University’s mission and its activities.
    The University’s disclaimers about not promoting or endorsing heterodoxy on campus are difficult to swallow in light of yesterday’s event that advocated the slaughter of innocent children. It’s time for Georgetown officials to stop putting the University in a position where such disclaimers need to be issued at all. When Catholic families send their children to Georgetown, they shouldn’t expect their sons and daughters to be tempted to sin by those responsible for upholding the Catholic identity of the institution. It’s time for Georgetown to restore its Catholic identity and fidelity. And we sincerely pray that it will, for the sake of its students’ souls, now and in the future.

  2. Today Georgetown Was Rebuked

    POSTED BY RESTORE-DC-CATHOLICISM AT restore-dc-catholicism.blogspot.com/2016/04/today-georgetown-was-rebuked.html
    4/21/16

    Georgetown University went ahead with their honoring of Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood – the nation’s chief organization for the murder of babies. Sadly we’re not surprised but still it is just one more insult to Catholic education in this country. As announced two days ago, there were several protest locations at Georgetown. Today I was at two of them.

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    The first one was outside Lohrfink Auditorium itself. Because I had to spend some time to find a parking place, I arrived there about 12:40 pm. I could see that the Students for Life contingent was penned in an area where they could be seen from the attendees at a distance but there was no chance for interaction between those going into the talk and the pro-life activists.

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    I stood at the bottom of the steps and distributed my flyer – for as long as I was permitted.

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    After about 30 minutes a woman who identified herself to me as “Dean of Student Affairs” marched herself downstairs and ushered me to the “protest pen” (for lack of a better word). Frankly I suspect the cause of this move is because my flyer did directly rebuke Georgetown for bringing Richards to campus. I was able to distribute about 25 of them before I was effectively stifled. I decided not to protest the move since I do respect the fact that Georgetown is private property. Still, I find it fascinating that a woman who makes her living, at least in part, from the murders of babies is allowed to speak on campus but pro-life activists are penned off as though they pose dire threats to the students.

    Just now, out of curiosity, I went to the web page of this “Student Affairs” office and got a clue as to the icy treatment that I received. Not surprisingly, the page reeks of dissidence against Church teaching, to the point of possibly directing students – LGBTQ students, that is – to hell. They have a whole “resource center” dedicated to them – something that I don’t see for ethnic minorities, by the way. This resource center boasts of being “the first such center of its kind at a Catholic/Jesuit institution in the country”. Well, whoopdie-doo! If that’s what Georgetown calls “brag material”, no wonder their moral credibility is swirling down the crapper! Ever hear of a “lavender graduation”? Well look no further! Georgetown is having one (next week, apparently). The whole page is designed to make it easy for these poor deluded students to confirm their own damnation. I seem to remember Our Lord talking about those who scandalize “little ones”, saying it would be better for them had millstones been tied to them as they were tossed into water. This reeks of satanic evil, but I digress.

    After about 20 minutes or so in “the pen”, I left there and headed east through the campus to where I was parked. As I walked east, I continued to distribute flyers to students passing by me. I then reached the eastern part of campus when I heard bagpipes. I knew then that the American Society for Tradition, Family and Property was at the O Street entrance – where they were when we protested the appearance of Kathleen Sebelius four years ago. Today the American TFP roundly rebuked Georgetown. You’ll hear it in the video below.

    www.youtube.com/embed/4DBYQj5zTjc

    I know that Defend Life staged a protest along M Street; about 15 people held a “life chain” with signs to explain why Richard’s appearance was such an atrocity. I was unable to get down there but I await a report as to how that went. Now here’s the video of American TFP.

  3. Abby Johnson to Georgetown: Pray for Cecile Richards because no one is beyond conversion

    Claire Chretien

    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2016 ( LifeSiteNewshttps.com/news/abby-johnson-to-georgetown-pray-for-cecile-richards-because-no-one-is-beyon ) – No one is beyond conversion, former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson said at Georgetown University Wednesday, just hours after Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards delivered a lecture to a packed room at the Jesuit school.

    “I’m standing in front of you today as a testament to the power of conversion. No one is beyond the power of conversion because no one is beyond the power of Christ,” said Johnson. “I have faith that one day it won’t be me standing here and speaking and defending the sanctity of life. I believe that one day it will be Cecile Richards.”

    Johnson shared her story of working at Planned Parenthood for eight years and then leaving the abortion industry after assisting with an ultrasound-guided abortion.

    Johnson said as she assisted with the ultrasound-guided abortion that was a turning point in her life, she was reciting to herself “this scripted answer that I had given so many times” to mothers undergoing abortions about how the baby wouldn’t feel pain.

    “I remember watching…[the] suction tube going into the uterus and I could see it getting closer and closer to the side of this 13-week-old baby and when it touched his side, he jumped. And he began flailing his arms and legs as if he was trying to move away from that abortion instrument, but there was nowhere to go,” said Johnson.

    “The worst part was that when I had the opportunity to intervene, to do something, I just stood there and I did nothing,” Johnson continued. “I remember wanting to yell out, ‘Stop! You’re hurting him!’ I remember wanting to sit this woman up and to say ‘Look, look what’s happening to your baby!’ But I didn’t. I just stood there and I watched.”

    During her speech at Georgetown, Richards compared abortion advocates to those in the civil rights movement who faced fire hoses and police dogs.

    “For the last century, Planned Parenthood has also been on the front lines of fighting for social justice,” Richards said.

    Planned Parenthood committed 323,999 abortions in 2014 and 327,653 abortions in 2013, according to its annual reports. The group receives hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

    Johnson encouraged the students to persevere in prayer. She cited the prayers that pro-life advocates offered for her for years when she worked at Planned Parenthood.

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    Abby Johnson speaks to Georgetown students after her talk Claire Chretien

    “We can grow weary, we can grow tired, we can become angry, we can become frustrated,” said Johnson. “But in those times, it is then that we have to remember the goodness of God. It is then that we have to remember the powerful gift of redemption that He will bestow on any of us.”

    Three years ago, Johnson started an organization called And Then There Were None, which helps abortion workers leave the abortion industry. When she was creating a strategic plan for the organization, Johnson said, she thought she would consider it a success if 10 workers left the abortion industry each year. In three years, 218 abortion workers have quit, including six abortionists.

    Johnson encouraged students to treat Planned Parenthood volunteers and workers with kindness and use encounters with them to ultimately show them the truth.

    In addition to hosting Johnson, Georgetown Right to Life placed 3,562 flags on campus, each flag representing a child killed by abortion. The students stayed with the display, called the Cemetery of the Innocents, all day Wednesday and spoke with peers about abortion in America.

    Students for Life of America also brought their We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood display to campus. The display highlights Planned Parenthood’s abortion agenda, baby parts for profit scandal, and the existence of federally-funded healthcare centers that don’t commit abortions.

    H*yas for Choice, the unofficial pro-abortion student group at Georgetown, set up a table in a campus “free speech zone” and distributed free contraception and Planned Parenthood stickers and brochures. The group also collected “thank-you” letters from students to abortionists.

    On Thursday evening, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, will celebrate a Mass for Life for area university students and alumni. This Mass is part of “the ongoing effort to strengthen Catholic identity and boldly proclaim testimony to the Gospel message of life,” the Archdiocese of Washington wrote in a news release, and “will serve to put a spotlight on the Church’s teaching, rooted in the Gospel, on the meaning and value of all human life, as well as the important role Catholic institutions play in forming Catholic identity among students and the culture.”

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