When last we left Georgetown University, a Catholic institution, it was covering up the “IHS” symbol for Jesus behind a podium at which President Obama was to speak earlier this year.
Now, the summer edition of Outreach, a newsletter published by Georgetown’s Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program, features interesting “highlights” of 19 fellows. First, the mission of the program, from the newsletter…
… [T]hey all learn together about substantive women’s rights issues, explore a multitude of career paths through which they can advocate for women’s equality, and develop their advocacy skills through seminars, trainings, networking events and other activities provided by WLPPFP…. WLPPFP helps our Fellows continue to develop as leaders of the women’s rights movement.
And now, 2 of the “unique” fellowship experiences…
Meredith Asay (Planned Parenthood Federation of America): Through her work with the legal and litigation department at PPFA, Meredith has helped prepare a legal response for the possibility of a very restrictive ban on reproductive health services via a state-level referendum….
Meredith has also been responsible for overseeing the legal and litigation department’s submissions to PPFA’s Now What newsletter, which is sent to affiliates, other offices, and organizations….
In December, the Department of Health and Human Services published the final rule on “Ensuring that Department of HHS Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices in Violation of Federal Law.” PPFA had previously submitted comments on the HHS proposed rule in September, Meredith and her colleagues were waiting to see if the final rule incorporated any of the suggested changes or comments. Meredith researched various issues relating to potential harm to PPFA and its affiliates that may have been caused by the rule, as well as how the rule
addresses other matters.
More recently, Meredith has been conducting research into President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor…
Elizabeth Atemnkeng (LAWA Fellow – Cameroon):… For her summer work experience, Elizabeth is conducting research on women’s reproductive health and human rights for Catholics for Choice….
One of WLPPFP’s group activities was a “discussion with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the U.S. Supreme Court about the development and current status of women’s rights in U.S. constitutional jurisprudence.”
I don’t understand how open flouting of Catholic teaching is tolerated at an institution centered on Catholic teaching. More than that, this group is working to undermine Catholic teaching. It seems to me the Church has lost total control of the American Catholic educational system.
[HT: Peter R.]