Why the Double Standard?

Readers of the NOR have no doubt followed the recent commencement dustup at the University of Notre Dame with some interest. President Barack Obama delivered the keynote commencement address last month at the nation’s most resonantly Catholic university and then received an honorary law degree. Notre Dame’s invitation to the nation’s most pro-abortion president in history understandably kicked up a firestorm of protest from hundreds of thousands of Catholics across the U.S. Since taking office just two months prior to the commencement invitation, Obama had already lifted Bush administration restrictions on funding for abortions and embryonic stem-cell research, and allowed the spending of U.S. tax dollars to pay for abortions in other countries. Prior to his election, he told Planned Parenthood that the first thing he would do as president would be to sign the “Freedom of Choice Act,” a piece of legislation that would eliminate every regulation on abortion at the state level and dismantle Catholic health care by forcing Catholic doctors to perform abortions. Further, Obama voted repeatedly against legislation that would guarantee health care for a child who survives a botched abortion. He has called an unwanted pregnancy a “punishment.” We could go on, but you get the idea. The president’s appalling pro-abortion record speaks for itself.