Abortion Part I
In this bulletin, we begin a series about pro-abortion and pro-life developments at Notre Dame in the wake of the Supreme Court decision returning the abortion issue to the state legislative branches and the consequent Indiana legislation restricting abortion.
Notre Dame’s “Abortions Rights Expert” at Keough
We begin with a deeply disturbing pro-abortion campaign by a Notre Dame professor that included an offer to help Notre Dame students secure abortions.
The professor is Dr. Tamara Kay of the Keough School of Global Affairs.
We have drawn attention before to Dr. Kay’s pro-abortion advocacy. See our bulletin “Notre Dame Professor Calls for Pro-Abortion ‘General Strike'” in which we cited her articles extolling abortion during the run-up to the Supreme Court decision.
(For a devastating critique of the Kay/ Osterman scholarship purportedly supporting their transparently infirm contention that “limiting legal abortion access does not result in fewer abortions,” see an analysis by Sycamore Trust vice-president Charles Donovan (ND ’74), president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.)
After the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson and the passage of legislation restricting abortion by the Indiana legislature, Dr. Kay moved from advocacy to action. Both in her Twitter postings and on campus she offered help to students seeking abortions and described means of obtaining abortion-inducing drugs.
Whereupon, we understand, some faculty and students, including Merlot Fogarty, president of the student organization Notre Dame Right to Life, sought the intercession of the administration. Sycamore Trust did so in our letter to Notre Dame’s Provost, John McGreevy that we reproduce below, citing Dr. Kay’s Twitter representation to students that she, a “Notre Dame abortion rights expert,” and other unnamed women faculty were organizing to help them secure abortions. “Spread the word,” she exhorted. “Look for the J,” a symbol identifying faculty members collaborating in Kay’s efforts.
We also described how Kay had advertised on campus her willingness to help students kill their pre-born children through a large poster on her office door offering “information,” “help,” “access,” and “confidentiality” on “all healthcare issues” and furnishing her email address as firstname.lastname@example.org.
We concluded that Professor Kay’s actions “constitute a grave abuse of the trust of the University and its students and their parents” that “calls for swift and decisive repudiation by the administration.”
When we learned that the poster had been removed in the wake of these protests to the Provost and the offending tweets deleted, we sent another email to the Provost that we also reproduce below. Because it seemed evident that Kay’s retreat was the result of the protests to the Provost, we expressed our gratitude to him, but also observed that since “the university has been alerted to the strong opposition to the Indiana law by some faculty and their disposition to act on that opposition,” it should take additional action including:
- Prohibiting Professor Kay and her colleagues from engaging in any program for assisting Notre Dame students in procuring abortions or abortifacients; and
- Issuing a statement of support for the [Indiana] law and an injunction to the faculty to heed it.
Here are our messages to Provost McGreevy:
Professor Tamara Kay’s Abortion Assistance
Abortion Poster and Tweets Removed
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