Washington D.C., Oct 28, 2013 / 05:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Georgetown University Law Center class offered next spring will require students to work with a lobbying group which a lawyer said is known for its work promoting abortion rights.
“Georgetown offers a course that will require students to work with an organization dedicated to promoting abortion and contraception and actively attacking religious freedom,” Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, told CNA Oct. 25.
She addied that Georgetown’s offering of a course “that will require students to work with an organization dedicated to promoting abortion and contraception and actively attacking religious freedom” is “a disgrace to its Catholic identity.”
“Georgetown students will be given course credit for advancing the very policies that our bishops are fighting in court and promoting abortion and contraception that, as our faith teaches us, do violence to both women and children.”
On Oct. 24, the Cardinal Newman Society was the first to report that Georgetown University Law School will be offering “Regulatory Advocacy: Women and the Affordable Care Act,” in its spring 2014 semester, taught by Kelli Garcia.
The course will require that students work alongside the National Women’s Law Center, a D.C.-based advocacy group whose healthcare platform pushes for abortion, sterilization and contraceptive provision as health care.
The organization’s work aims specifically to oppose “oppose challenges such as pharmacy refusals and religious restrictions,” of individuals and religious groups who find these products and procedures as unconscionable.
The NWLC website decries organizations such as crisis pregnancy centers and Catholic hospitals for their unwillingness to participate in abortions, and labeled the ethical rules governing Catholic hospitals, bans on sex-selective abortions, and restrictions on the abortion of babies capable of pain and living outside of their mother as “Threats to A Woman’s Right to Decide Whether to Have an Abortion.”
This policy and legal work against religious freedom in favor of abortion provision is headed by Kelli Garcia, senior counsel for NWLC, who “oversees the Center’s efforts to address religious restrictions” on abortions and contraception, the organization’s website states.
Garcia will be both teaching the course and coordinating its practical component.
This is Garcia’s second time at Georgetown: from 2011-2012, Garcia was a O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law representative at Georgetown.
The class she is teaching will instruct students on the intersection of women’s health – which is often code for the provision of abortions, sterilization and contraception – and (Read More)