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G’Town Cites Catholic Identity in Dropping Affiliation with Adidas, But What of the Unborn?

Georgetown University has reportedly terminated its athletic sportswear contract with Adidas one year after the company was accused of failing to pay $1.8 million in severance to Indonesian workers after the factory shut down in 2011.

The University’s Licensing Oversight Committee — a body formed of students and administrators that monitors the university’s apparel contracts — recommended to the Office of the President last year that Georgetown terminate its contract with the corporation.

In a letter, Vice President for Public Affairs Erik Smulson said, “As a Catholic and Jesuit university, deeply committed to the dignity of all persons and human labor, Georgetown University is steadfast in its commitment to improving the working conditions and lives of workers involved in the production of apparel that bears its name or logo.”

Ironically, Georgetown still links to abortion giant Planned Parenthood on itswebsite,  hosted pro-abortion rights HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as a commencement day speaker last year, and even boasts of rabidly pro-abortion rights politicians such as Eleanor Holmes Norton on their faculty.

And recently, the Jesuit university hosted a one-sided forum on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

The forum called ”Reproductive Rights 40 Years After Roe” was sponsored by the Georgetown Law chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. The event took place in the student center on the Jesuit campus yesterday. If one simply looks at the panelists it seems to have offered a very one-sided view of the abortion issue.

The panelists included:

Walter Dellinger, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP; former Acting Solicitor General of the United States. Dellinger, according to the National Right to Life Coalition was “perhaps the most prominent legal advocate in the pro-abortion-rights movement.”

Marcia Greenberger, Co-President, National Women’s Law Center. She once reportedly called the fact that military hospitals don’t perform abortions “tragic.”

Helene Krasnoff, Assistant Director, Public Policy Litigation & Law, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Recently, Krasnoff was quoted by NPR arguing that the state of Texas must be forced to fund Planned Parenthood.

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. In a recent piece, she argued against a ban on “race and sex-selection abortion.”

The moderator of the event was reportedly Caroline Fredrickson, President of the American Constitution Society, who once reportedly said, “Today, more than ever, we cannot take our right to reproductive freedom for granted. Anti-choice forces are moving full steam ahead to not only take away a woman’s right to choose an abortion but to limit access to birth control and other important reproductive health care.”

With all panelists and the moderator in agreement, one wonders what was left to discuss.

Thankfully, a number of students at Georgetown hosted The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown University the day after The March for Life.

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