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Jesuit University of Scranton Honors Nelson Mandela

The University of Scranton, a Jesuit institution in Pennsylvania, is honoring the late Nelson Mandela with a tribute later this month, according to the University’s website.

“The Nelson Mandela tribute honors a man who saw inequality in his nation and decided to fight back,” states the website. “This tribute is our way of applauding his efforts of standing against social injustice.”

While there is much laudable in Mandela’s life, during his time as president of South Africa, Mandela also signed into law the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill, which legalized abortion on demand. “Women have the right to decide what they want to do with their bodies,” Mandela reportedly said.

At the time of Mandela’s death, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence reportedly said that while there is much to admire, “there is part of President Mandela’s legacy, however, that is not at all praiseworthy, namely his shameful promotion of abortion in South Africa.”

He added, “[W]e can only regret that his noble defense of human dignity did not include the youngest members of our human family, unborn children.”

The event is sponsored by the University of Scranton’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Education for Justice.

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