University of San Francisco (USF) announced that it will give an honorary degree at commencement to Norman Mineta, a past U.S. transportation secretary, congressman, and cosponsor of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which was one of the most pro-abortion bills ever introduced in Congress.
In addition to receiving an honorary degree, Mineta will also deliver the commencement speech to the USF undergraduate humanities and sciences students from the College of Arts and Sciences on May 16.
In 1993, Mineta cosponsored The Freedom of Choice Act, which declared that “a state may not restrict the right of a woman to choose to terminate a pregnancy… at any time, if such termination is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman.”
The bill, which would have made any state restrictions on abortion illegal, so alarmed the U.S. bishops that they implemented their first nationwide postcard campaign against FOCA.
According to the Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today Volume 1, Mineta was also one of the first elected officials to publicly support same-sex marriage. It said, “The Japanese American Citizen’s League became one of the first civil rights organizations to support same-sex marriage in 1994, when then Congressman Norman Mineta (D-CA) spoke out for the need for all citizens in the country to have equal rights.”
University of San Francisco did not offer a comment on the selection of Mineta as honoree by the time of publication.
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