Group Teaches Catholic Students to Defend Abortion

by Miles Swigart  •  •  August 12, 2015   

Law Students for Reproductive Justice are training a new crop of abortion advocates

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Law students at premier Catholic univerities are being taught to defend abortion and "reproductive rights."

The organization, known as Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ), has been helping Catholic universities to "train and mobilize law students and new lawyers across the country to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice."

Collaborating with dissident group Catholics for Choice, LSRJ aims to create a new generation of Catholic lawyers to convince others that contraception and abortion are fundamental rights of women.

The LSRJ is currently allowed on multiple Catholic campuses, including Fordham, Georgetown, San Diego, DePaul, and University of Detroit Mercy, among others.

Though Georgetown has said the chapter is not affiliated with the college, the chapter takes place in the main Law School building. Furthermore, the LSRJ's previous president of its Georgetown chapter was none other than Sandra Fluke, the student who gained fame several years ago when she publicly criticized Catholic institutions for not fighting for reproductive rights, saying contraception should be free on all college campuses.

Timothy O'Malley, University of San Diego vice president, defended the group's presence in 2013 by saying, "The fostering of legal expertise in all aspects of the law is consistent with the educational objectives of the USD School of Law."

Having written blog posts such as "When Hospitals Cause Problems Rather Than Fix Them," which decry the "withholding of treatment by Catholic hospitals," as well as honoring late-term abortionists, the LSRJ's views are extreme and directly opposed to Church teaching.

The organization's Facebook page shows a picture of Dr. Leroy Carhart, a famed late-term abortion provider, surrounded by smiling LSRJ law students at the 2013 annual meeting at American University.

Aside from teaching young Catholics to defend abortion rights, LSRJ also provides direct annual funding of $50,000 to organizations such as National LGBTQ Task Force, an organization promoting homosexuality.


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