Washington, D.C. (18 May 2009) – The following is a statement from Judie Brown, president of American Life League, regarding President Barack Obama’s commencement speech yesterday at the University of Notre Dame and the recent Gallup poll announcing that the majority of Americans self-identify as “pro-life.”
"Not only is the University of Notre Dame no longer Catholic, but a recent survey conducted by one of the nation’s most respected polling organizations shows that the school now recognizes as legitimate the pro-abortion position, which places it at odds with the majority of Americans.
"When Notre Dame honored the most radically pro-abortion president in U.S. history, it publicly sanctioned the radically pro-abortion ideology he stands for – an ideology 51 percent of Americans oppose, according to a landmark new Gallup poll.
"While Notre Dame graduates sat listening to the president expound his ideology of relativism and absence of truth, Catholics outside Notre Dame upheld the timeless truths of a faith that the leadership of Our Lady’s University no longer upholds.
"Catholics outside Notre Dame stood for the human rights and personhood of all human beings from their biological beginning.
"Catholics outside Notre Dame upheld the root of Catholic social teaching: the sanctity of human life.
"Catholics outside Notre Dame were a witness to the truth that Notre Dame is no longer Catholic.
"Catholics outside Notre Dame will no longer tolerate a 'Catholic' educational institution that promotes intrinsic evil and undermines Catholic truth by embracing radical feminist, pro-abortion faculty and staff members and offering a pro-abortion culture.
"Americans outside Notre Dame and nationwide will no longer tolerate a country that does not protect and defend the equality and personhood of each and every human being.
"This monumental shift in American public opinion could never have happened without the incessant emphasis, by American Life League and others, on a consistent, uncompromising, unapologetic devotion to the truth that every human being has inherent dignity, immeasurable value and deserves to be recognized as a person."
American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death. For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.
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