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

  1. Pray that the atheist materialist over population alarmist globalist WHO deny the inherent Dignity of the life of certain beloved sons and daughters residing in their mother’s womb are not successful in their attempt to Render onto themselves that which Has Always and Will Always belong to The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity, Through The Unity Of The Holy Ghost (Filioque), The Author Of Love, Of Life, And Of Marriage, and thus The Author Of Our Inherent Unalienable Right To Life, To Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness.
    Only The Truth Of Love Can Set Us Free, And Lead Us To Eternal Happiness With God.

  2. If in trying to save the life of both Mother and Child, the Child dies, or if during pregnancy a child’s life ends due to natural death, there does not exist the desire to intentionally destroy the life of an innocent beloved son or daughter.

  3. Multiple members of my family have attended ND, including my husband and son. My father-in-law was a professor there. We would all agree that the hysterics expressed in the media and by Drs. Kay and Osterman regarding the probable decision of the Supreme Court regarding Roe v Wade are deceptive and manipulative, I would hope these faculty members would be dismissed since their stance is not representative of Catholic teaching. I taught at Catholic schools throughout my teaching career and we had to sign an agreement that we would teach the Catholic faith in our classes and through our example.
    The constitution of the United States guarantees a right to life. Having a law that makes abortion legal for any reason throughout the entire pregnancy is not consistend with the guarantee of a right to life. The Catholic Church has always taught the principle of double effect. If a pregnant woman’s life is in danger due to the pregnancy she can protect her life. For example, if I were pregnant and learned that I had a cancerous tumor growing in my uterus, and that if the tumor was not treated I would die, I have the moral right to have my uterus removed. If the baby is viable I also have the moral obligation to try to save the baby also. If the baby is not viable I can still go through with a hysterectomy. The issue today for many is that they want to destroy the unborn child because they want autonomy, the timing is not convenient, they use abortion as birth control, sex selection, and multiple other reasons, some of which are heartbreaking and sincere. That’s where socieity must step up to offer solutions to protect women from making a decision they will regret, and to help them with the baby. A society that chooses murder to solve problems is a sick society that ceases to value life as a gift from God. Abortion laws will go to the states to decide. Abortion should never have been declared legal by the Supreme Court in the first place.

  4. John Kegaly "56 May 12, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    There should be no place on The Campus of The University of Our Lady for faculty, employees or students who support the outright killing of God’s Creation.

  5. Christopher Manion May 11, 2022 at 9:29 am

    “Never spit on a man’s head if you’re standing on his shoulders.”

    – Knute Rockne, to the chairman of the “Athletic Committee” (my father), ~1925

    That also goes for standing on the shoulders of Our Lady.

    What Ralph McInerny called the “vulgar lust for prestige” is alive and well at ND – and, given the author’s affiliation, I am reminded of the comment of my history professor, Matthew Fitzsimmons: “Sociology is the slut of the sciences.”

  6. “And ye shall be like gods, declaring what is good and what is evil”, apart from The Word Of God, Who Is The Way, The Truth, And The Life Of Perfect Love Incarnate.

    “And Jesus answering, said to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.”

    But then, they denied that God, The Most Holy And Undivided Blessed Trinity, Through The Unity Of The Holy Ghost, Is The Author Of Love, Of Life, And Of Marriage, and thus The Author Of Our Inherent Unalienable Rights, compromising God’s Truth, and like the The Three Fifths Compromise, resulting in Substantive Due Process error, denying some of those beloved sons and daughters residing in their mother’s womb, their inherent, Unalienable Right to Life, the securing and protection upon which their inherent Unalienable Right to Liberty and The Pursuit Of Happiness depends.

    “it is now becoming clear that the very notion of being—of what being human really means—is being called into question. “ Pope Benedict XVI Christmas Address 2012

    “When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being. The defence of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears. Whoever defends God is defending man.” – Pope Benedict’s Christmas Address 2012

    “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.” – Mother Theresa

    “Implicit in the concept of Ordered Liberty” is the necessity of securing and protecting our inherent Unalienable Right to Life from conception to natural death. We can know through both our Catholic Faith and reason that the intentional destruction of the life of a beloved son or daughter residing in their mother’s womb, regardless of their mother’s location, is antithetical to securing and protecting our Unalienable, inherent Right to Life, for at no point during a woman’s pregnancy can the personhood of that beloved son or daughter be disestablished and the State has not brought forth any evidence that demonstrates it is possible for human persons to conceive a son or daughter, who is not, in essence, a wholly human person, possessing equal human Dignity and thus being equal before Divine Law as well as our Constitutional Law.

  7. If ND in the News is in fact “the designated liaison between the University and the media” whose mission is to “disseminate information that enhances understanding of ND’s mission and its accomplishments as a Catholic institution of higher learning.” they are certainly acting contrary to and indeed obstructing that mission by inviting the media to disseminate the Kay/Osterman article. Kay, Osterman and Bruce are clearly better suited to teach at a secular college, certainly not at a Catholic institution of higher learning such as ND.

  8. The ND administration was quick to call out Lou Holtz for (accurately) calling Biden a Catholic in name only, and Coach Holtz isn’t even on the faculty. How will the administration address this heresy? My guess is that they will do nothing because, well, I can’t remember a time when the ND administration has defended Catholicism. Not that abortion is solely a Catholic issue. But if one doesn’t defend life then one basically undermines the very foundation of Christianity . . . and for that matter, one’s own credibility on any social justice issue.

  9. James Pettengill May 10, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    A Russian saying: “A fish rots from the head down,”

  10. Professors Kay,, Osterman and Bruce should be fjred immediately. There is NO PLACE in CATHOLIC DOGMA
    for any catholic who supports abortion. The thousands of couples wanting to adopt babies is staggering. Yes, rape and
    medical conception anomolies occur, but rare and a slight percentage of births. Killing in the womb for “mistakes”, or too many kids, or outright inconvenience is murder and those women should be prosecuted

  11. william dotterweich May 10, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    Why in the name of God are these scumbags on the Notre Dame faculty. Well, as the old saying goes, if the fish stinks, it stinks from the head first.

  12. Daniel Mitchell May 10, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    OH boy. Obviously in America we have freedom of speech. So pro Abortion proponents have a right to voice their opinion as a private citizen but ,and as a big but ,when one identifies one as anything Notre Dame, approval must come from the administration. The Notre Dame coach believes, the Notre Dame professor supports, this implies a Notre Dame official position on the subject. Then if Notre Dame is known as a Catholic University, it also implies that this is also the approved position of the Catholic church even more complicating the situation. In This situation the professor must be disciplined with the necessity of exposing her position as totally private, totally against the Catholic church and the University of Notre Dame. If she refuses to do so then she should be placed on administrative leave until she can be legally terminated from her teaching position.

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