October 3, 2012 (CNS) – Saint John’s University in New York hosted actress Rosario Dawson — an advocate of same-sex “marriage” – for a voter registration drive as part of her efforts with a pro-abortion rights group she co-founded, called “Voto Latino.”
The university promoted Dawson’s campus visit with a press release noting that the actress came to the Catholic campus as a co-founder of the group “Voto Latino.” But the group itself clearly promotes views antithetical to Church teaching.
The group’s website hosts pro-abortion rights statements like this one:
It’s impolite and unreasonable women who have been behind every Women’s Movement victory, from the right to vote to the right to choose. We are living in urgent times. If we are going to fight back against the assault on women we must be impolite. In fact, we must be downright vulgar and unreasonable in defense of our bodies, our health and our choices.
Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. There will be no negotiation. Period.
And this statement on the website is clearly antithetical to religious freedom:
You knew when states like Idaho, Texas, and Virginia, decide to do their part to continue the War on Women, the most hateful state in the union, Arizona, isn’t far behind. I’m throwing a flying chancla at State Rep. Debbie Lesko and to the Arizona legislators who pass legislation to “protect” religious freedom at the expense of women’s privacy rights. Rep. Lesko is the lead sponsor of HB 2625, which would let any employer deny health insurance coverage for birth control if the employer has a religious objection to the use of birth control.
She also starred in a short film not only urging condom use but teaching young people how to use condoms that was made by Real Life. Real Talk., a group initiated by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and funded by the Ford Foundation, which worked together to “reframe sexuality as a component of healthy relationships.”
St. John’s University did not respond to questions at the time of publication.
Reprinted with permission from the Cardinal Newman Society