Our office is buzzing this week as our team is rushing to respond to a developing story out of Boston College. Our pro-life values are under attack – and at a Catholic school no less!
Our Students for Life group on campus, the Boston College Pro-Life Club, is sounding the alarm that Ireland’s first pro-abortion Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, will be the school’s commencement speaker and will be honored with a Doctor of Laws degree.
This is an outrage!
Under no circumstance should a Catholic university allow Prime Minister Kenny to speak, as his push for legal abortion in Ireland will be responsible for taking the lives of millions of women and children and the destruction of families, in direct violation of Church teaching. He’s trying to deny it in the press, but make no mistake about it: Prime Minister Kenny is single-handedly pushing for legalizing abortion on-demand in Ireland.
RIGHT NOW, please go to the website NotAtBC.com and take a couple of minutes to assist on our 3 key Action Items:
1. Email BC President Rev. William Leahy expressing your outrage about Prime Minister Enda Kenny representing the school at graduation.
2. Thank Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, for standing strong and boycotting the Irish Prime Minister’s commencement address.
3. Join and invite your friends and family in the area to our Prayer Vigil and Public Witness outside the Boston College graduation on Monday, May 20th.
Let me give you a brief history of what has been happening on the Emerald Isle:
In 1992, Ireland’s Supreme Court decided, in what is commonly referred to as the “X Case,” that an Irish woman was guaranteed the right to abortion when her life was in danger, including the threat of suicide. However, the Irish had already enacted a constitutional ban on abortion in 1983. When the “X Case” was decided, the court’s decision had no power to change the laws, and the justices could only ask politicians to modify them to fit their ruling. For the past two decades, the lives of Irish children have been defended by politicians from across the religious and political spectrum, and any attempt to allow for abortion has been knocked down.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny originally promised – along with his Fine Gael party – to not legislate for abortion. But like many politicians, his backbone has broken easily, and rather than stand up to the disgusting attempts by the international pro-abortion movement to co-opt the death of Savita Halappanavar to advance their own radical agenda and legalize abortion, he has bowed to their demands and broken his promise with the introduction of legislation with the Orwellian title “The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013.”
A better title for the bill would be “The Destruction of Life during Pregnancy.”
Kenny’s bill would legalize abortion in Ireland for the first time by allowing exceptions for abortion for women who threaten suicide. But you and I know that abortion is not a medical, or moral, treatment for mental illness and suicidal thoughts. And what’s to prevent a woman who simply decides at 9 months of pregnancy she doesn’t want a baby to falsely claim she’s going to kill herself if she doesn’t get an abortion? Nothing! There is no gestational age limit in the law. This is literally abortion on “demand.”
We have seen this happen in America. This is the same tactic that our own Supreme Court used in Roe v. Wade’s companion case Doe v. Bolton that allowed abortion exceptions for the “health” – including mental health – of the mother, which has been twisted and abused to mean abortion for any reason, up until birth. We know the pain of legal abortion, we have seen the devastating effects in our country with the deaths of over 55 million preborn baby girls and boys, the victimization of millions of women, and the crumbling of countless families.
The Catholic Church in Ireland has rightfully denounced the measure and called upon the Irish people to lobby their elected representatives to oppose it. In response, Kenny has threatened to expel pro-life Catholic TDs (members of parliament) from his Fine Gael parliamentary party if they refuse to vote for the measure. Cardinal Sean Brady, the Primate of Ireland, said the bill, if approved, would “make the direct and intentional killing of unborn children lawful in Ireland.”
After all of this, how can Boston College even consider honoring Prime Minister Kenny? For any college, but particularly a Catholic one, to honor the man who would usher in the mass death of Irish preborn children, it’s simply unconscionable! Boston College President William Leahy must immediately rescind this invitation!
Word is spreading on this injustice, though. Just 3 days after Students for Life released our NotAtBC.com website last week, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, announced he would not attend the BC graduation because “Mr. Kenny is aggressively promoting abortion legislation.” But now Cardinal O’Malley is under attack from pro-abortion forces for his stance and needs our support.
We must oppose Prime Minister Kenny and demand he stop promoting the grave moral evil of abortion in Ireland. On BC’s graduation day, Students for Life team members and I will gather together in prayer to be a public witness to the value and worth of all children in the womb and voice our support for keeping Ireland abortion free.
We have the chance to stop another Roe v. Wade moment from happening.
It has taken us more than 40 years to start turning our nation back around after our Roe v. Wade, but now we have the chance to put international pressure on Kenny to stop another Roe v. Wade before it happens in Ireland. As Catholics, Christians, and pro-lifers of all faiths, the time is now to stand in solidarity with pro-lifers in Ireland as they courageously defend the pre-born.
I hope you will join us in speaking out through our action page on NotAtBC.com.