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Over 7,000 Sign Newman Society Petition to Georgetown in First 24 Hours: 'Say NO to Planned Parenthood President'

The Cardinal Newman Society’s petition launched on Wednesday morning — “Tell Georgetown: Say NO to Planned Parenthood President” — has gained more than 7,000 signatures in the first 24 hours from those concerned about Georgetown University's scandalous hosting of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards next month.

Despite her responsibility for the deaths of more than 2.8 million babies at the hands of Planned Parenthood abortionists since taking charge of the organization in 2006, and her constant promotion of positions and activism that directly contradict Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of human life and on human sexuality, the student-run Lecture Fund at Georgetown invited Richards to address students and staff at Georgetown in April. The University defended the invite, citing Georgetown’s commitment to “the free exchange of ideas.”

The Newman Society is calling on Georgetown to formally rescind the invitation to Richards, and restore its Catholic identity and fidelity, “which have been diminished and even scorned in recent decades.”

The petition, which can be signed at reads:

I join with The Cardinal Newman Society and faithful Catholics in calling on Georgetown University to uphold its Catholic identity and commitment to human dignity by rescinding the Lecture Fund’s invitation to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards to speak on campus in April.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is America’s leading agent of the culture of death, promoting and selling abortion and contraception and even selling the parts of aborted babies.  As the chief executive of PPFA and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Richards formally cooperates in these activities and promotes positions and activism that directly contradict Catholic teaching on the dignity of human life and on human sexuality.  According to PPFA’s records of “abortion services” disclosed in annual reports, Richards has overseen the deaths of more than 2.8 million babies since taking charge of the organization in 2006.

It is shameful that Georgetown University would defend the Lecture Fund’s invitation to this horrific speaker.  There is no academic freedom that can justify the willful denial of basic truths and advocacy for gruesome crimes against humanity.

We call on Georgetown University to restore the Catholic identity and fidelity that once were the foundation of America’s oldest Catholic university, but which have been diminished and even scorned in recent decades.  May Georgetown once again be a beacon of light for students seeking truth in the Light of Christ.

Newman Society President Patrick Reilly told the National Catholic Register this week that even though Georgetown cites the free exchange of ideas in hosting Richards, “There will be no effort to ‘exchange’ any notion of Catholic moral teaching with Cecile Richards.”

“No, Georgetown will sit back and allow a prominent public figure responsible for the deaths of more than 2.8 million babies to spout off to its undergraduates,” he said. “It is one more example of Georgetown’s legacy of Catholic-identity abuse.” 

Reilly explained to EWTN News Nightly on Wednesday night that while there are certain freedoms that should be protected regarding speech on campus, “Cecile Richards would advocate the freedom to kill. This is somebody who should absolutely not be held up as a standard.”

Those interested in signing the petition may do so at

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