Notre Dame Professor Calls for Pro-Abortion “General Strike”

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The first article by Notre Dame faculty about the prospective overruling of Roe v. Wade that was highlighted by the University’s ND in the News was a pro-abortion “sky-is-falling” screed published in the major Internet media outlet Salon

The authors are Dr. Tamara Kay (Keough School, Sociology) and Dr. Susan Osterman (Keough School). 

They are continuing their pro-abortion campaign in other prominent publications, joined by Dr. Tricia Bruce of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society. See their Los Angeles Times op-ed, which was also publicized by ND in the News.  

And Professor Kay has taken her protest to a manic level on Twitter where, after providing instructions for individuals wanting to fund abortions, she declared:

[T]the only way to stop state-sponsored forced pregnancy & childbirth is to organize a GENERAL STRIKE. SHUT IT DOWN NOW!

Dr. Kay’s role in the Keough School of Global Affairs evidently does not include conflict resolution. 

ND in the News also took note of a later Washington Post op-ed by Notre Dame professor O. Carter Snead, a nationally recognized expert on abortion legislation, in which he ably supported the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

This conflict among Notre Dame faculty presages a conspicuous widening of a telling fault line in the university’s Catholic identity when, as seems likely, the Supreme Court overrules Roe v. Wade.

Now, why is the public information arm of the University telling the world that Notre Dame faculty are out there fighting hard for abortion?

That is certainly not what it is supposed to be doing.

ND in the News is “the designated liaison between the University and the media” whose mission is to “disseminate information that enhances understanding of the University’s mission and its accomplishments as a Catholic institution of higher learning.” It sabotaged that mission when it invited the media and the public to pay attention to the Kay/Osterman article, a pro-abortion jeremiad marked by mischaracterization and fantasy. Witness:

Forced pregnancy and childbirth is violence.

It is sexual abuse.

It can increase abortion rates, unintended pregnancies, and infant mortality.

[It]impacts the babies born as a result of it, another form of violence. Medical research shows that spacing babies is critical to their survival.

And finally, from some other planet: 

[The prosecution for murder of women who miscarry] will happen regularly in the U.S.  if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

One might wonder why giving birth is not a tad more “critical to survival” than “spacing babies.” 

But never mind. Professors Kay and Osterman are, ND News assures us, “ND Experts.” 



Professor Snead’s book on life issues “What it Means to be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics” was judged one of the “Ten Best Books of 2020” by the Wall Street Journal.

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