The University of Notre Dame and EMILY’s List

By Anthony Lauinger
National Right to Life Vice President

Wednesday’s South Bend Tribune article about the resignation of Roxanne M. Martino from the University of Notre Dame’s board of trustees was a source of both encouragement and alarm.

Ms. Martino resigned due to public criticism of the fact that she has been a major financial supporter of the ultra pro-abortion political action committee Emily’s List.

The encouragement derives from the fact that many Notre Dame alumni have been unambiguous in their denunciation of the University for electing to their governing body someone whose history of financial donations demonstrates priorities which are utterly hostile to Catholic teaching.

The alarm derives from the statements Ms. Martino and University spokesman Richard C. Notebaert, chairman of Notre Dame’s board of trustees, released after the resignation.  Ms. Martino stated:     

“I dearly love my alma mater and remain fully committed to all aspects of Catholic teaching and to the mission of Notre Dame.”

Mr. Notebaert stated:

“Ms. Martino… is highly regarded as someone who is absolutely dedicated in every way to the Catholic mission of this University.  She has lived her life and faith in an exemplary way….”

Such statements raise grave concerns about whether some at Notre Dame even comprehend what constitutes “the Catholic mission of this University.”  The goal of Emily’s List is the perpetuation of Roe v. Wade.  The legacy of Roe v. Wade is 53 million unborn babies who have been intentionally killed.  How, exactly, does this promote “the Catholic mission of this University”?

Anthony J. Lauinger
Notre Dame parent

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