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Pro-abortion politician to speak at Benedictine University

Matt Abbott

Once again, a pro-abortionist has been invited to speak at a supposedly Catholic institution. On October 5, 2004, Illinois Democratic senatorial candidate Barack Obama will speak to the students and guests of Benedictine University, located in Lisle, Ill.

Just how pro-abortion is Obama? Consider the following excerpt from a Sept. 1, 2004 column on by former nurse and noted pro-life activist Jill Stanek:

“For three years in a row I submitted the same testimony to Illinois Senate committees that were deciding whether to let the full Senate vote on the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.

“It was during those committee hearings that I first came face-to-face with state Senator Barack Obama, who functioned as either a member or the chairman, depending on the year and the committee.

“Each time I testified, I described to Obama and other members the death of a particular little girl who was aborted alive at Christ Hospital.

“The baby's death haunts me, because she might have lived with help. Her abandonment by medical professionals clearly demonstrated that wanted and unwanted babies are treated differently at delivery….

“When Obama and his fellow Democrats voted against [the Born Alive Infants Protection Act] in committee that first year, I didn’t think they understood the magnitude of the 23-weeker’s death.

“So the next year along with my testimony I submitted a page from the neonatal textbook demonstrating the resuscitation of a baby about the same age as I described. I watched Obama look at those photos… before he voted no again….”

Besides his 100 percent pro-abortion voting record, Obama also opposes a Constitutional Amendment banning homosexual “marriage.” (He has, however, claimed that he is not in favor of homosexual “marriage.” Only “civil unions,” you see.)

Benedictine University also has invited to speak Obama’s opponent, pro-life Republican Alan Keyes.

Wow. How nice that a Catholic institution actually invites a pro-life (and Catholic) politician such as Keyes to address its student body. Who would ever have thought such a thing could happen in this day and age?

Catholics who wish to express their concerns to Benedictine University about Barack Obama’s upcoming appearance there can e-mail

Also, I’d very much like to thank radio host Drew Mariani of Relevant Radio ( for alerting his listeners to this situation, and for discussing on his program Loyola University Chicago’s decision to give an award to pro-abortion Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.


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