Planned Parenthood Commends Boston College’s Choice of Commencement Speaker

220px-Boston_College_Seal.svgThe Boston affiliate of Planned Parenthood has endorsed Boston College’s choice of Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny as the 2013 commencement speaker. Kenny has supported legislation to loosen Ireland’s abortion restrictions – legislation that has been condemned by Ireland’s bishops.

In a Boston Globe story, former state representative Marty Walz, President and CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts described the choice of Kenny as an “appropriate commencement speaker.”

“It is disappointing that a measure to provide health care to a woman whose life is in danger would draw protest in Massachusetts,” said Walz.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of abortions.

“Everything we ever wanted to know about Enda Kenny and his unpersuasive claims that he plans no major changes in Ireland’s abortion laws, has now been explained to us by Marty Walz,” said C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League, in a press release. “As for Boston College, the only thing more threadbare than its Catholic identity is its institutional credibility. BC, a school built by and for Catholics, now stands with Planned Parenthood and a pro-abortion government against the Church and the pro-life movement. It is an unconscionable betrayal.”

Archdiocese of Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley is boycotting the commencement because of Kenny’s support of legislation to loosen abortion restrictions in Ireland.


This article was originally published at Catholic Education Daily, an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society. 

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Tim Drake is an award-winning journalist, the author of six books on religion and culture, and a former radio host. Widely published, and a long-time contributor to the National Catholic Register, he serves as Executive Director of Pacem in Terris Hermitage Retreat Center in Minnesota.

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