NOTRE DAME, Indiana, May 19, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The newest member of the University of Notre Dame’s board of trustees has dedicated thousands of dollars to supporting pro-abortion groups, including the pro-choice political action committee EMILY’s List.

The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) broke the story May 11 that Roxanne M. Martino, president and CEO of Aurora Investment Management and Notre Dame alumna, had donated a total of $16,150 to EMILY’s List, an organization dedicated to “electing pro-choice Democratic women to office.” Notre Dame announced Martino’s election last month to the university’s Board of Trustees.

EMILY’s List has helped the careers of such pro-abortion politicians as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

CNS also found evidence that Martino has donated thousands to another pro-abortion group, the Chicago Foundation for Women, since 2004.

“The election of a trustee who has supported blatantly pro-abortion organizations does not bode well for Notre Dame’s effort to prove its pro-life commitment,” said the Catholic education watchdog group on its blog.

The University of Notre Dame has been under fire from the Catholic pro-life community ever since inviting pro-abortion President Barack Obama to be honored at the school’s commencement in 2009.