A must-read essay by Lacie Dodd, (from the First Things.com webpage) an alumna of Notre Dame asks Fr. Jenkins, the President of Notre Dame the following question:
Who draws support from your decision to honor President Obama—the young, pregnant Notre Dame woman sitting in that graduating class who wants desperately to keep her baby, or the Notre Dame man who believes that the Catholic teaching on the intrinsic evil of abortion is just dining-room talk?
This is the type of question that must be asked today of those who will not stand up and say that we can not legitimize the topic of the instrinsically evil practice of killing the developing baby in the mother's womb. Until it is seen as the evil that it always is, women will always be at risk to bear the burdens of justifying what is always the right decision to bring life into the world. Rather than being assured that what she is doing is noble, she must justify herself and find her way to seeing her needs and the baby's needs are met. One certainly hopes that people in leadership positions such as Catholic colleges would know that they have a responsibility to foster a welcoming community for the expectant mother. That is not the case when abortion is an accepted part of the culture. The students at Notre Dame need to hear from the Mary Ann Glendons about how a Catholic professional must foster a culture of life, not an explanation how we need to dissect lessor evils. St. Paul points out that we must fight evil by doing good. That is the Christian way.
This essay says it all.