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Pro-Abortion Rights Howard Dean to Keynote Event at Benedictine University in Illinois

The Center for Civic Leadership at Benedictine University in Illinois will host former presidential candidate and past Vermont governor Howard Dean as its keynote speaker at an event discussing politics and Obamacare on April 22, according to the University’s website.

Dean, who once worked as an obstetrician/gynecologist for Planned Parenthood, is a well-known defender of partial birth abortion.

“There is no such thing in the medical literature as ‘partial birth abortion’” he reportedly said. “But there are times when doctors are called upon to perform a late term abortion to save a woman’s life or protect her health.”

He once reportedly called abstinence-only education “a concoction of men who don't know anything of how sex works, or don't want to know anything.”

“The CCL is pleased to welcome Gov. Howard Dean to Benedictine,” reportedly said Phil Hardy, Ph.D., acting CCL director. “Dean brings tremendous experience in both Democratic politics and the field of medicine. His background, both as a medical doctor and former presidential hopeful, will allow him to discuss health care reform and the Affordable Care Act from a unique vantage point.

“We look forward to hearing him outline the challenges that lie ahead for the new health care law, as well as the electoral prospects for the Democratic Party as we approach the 2014 midterms and the 2016 presidential contest,” Hardy added. 

Speaking about the HHS mandate which has been strenuously objected to by the U.S. bishops and several Catholic colleges, Dean reportedly said, “I don’t think employers get to impose their religious belief on their employees or any other beliefs, for that matter.”

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