Updated January 28, 2019 at 7:04 p.m. to include comment from Fr. Frank Pavone.
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Abortionist Willie Parker spoke on the campus of Georgetown University just days before the 46th annual March for Life.
Parker identifies as a “Christian” and asserts that his faith provides justification for killing unborn babies. He commits abortions in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania.
Parker’s speech was sponsored by campus Democrats, the university-approved Lecture Fund, and H*yas for Choice, a group not officially recognized by Georgetown.
Parker is the author of Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice and a prominent pro-abortion activist. He has chaired Physicians for Reproductive Health and received NARAL’s Champions of Choice award and Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award, named after its eugenics-supporting founder.
According to The College Fix, Parker told the assembled students that he found justification and a “moral and ethical obligation to provide abortion care” in his reading of Jesus Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan and the example set by Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I broke through the cocoon of religious custom that held me bound,” he said. Parker said that he even supports partial-birth abortion.
“I think that no procedure should be banned or outlawed outright for the purposes of people who are not medically trained and who don’t understand the indications for various surgeries and techniques,” he said when asked about that abortion method, which involves delivering all of a baby except his head and then stabbing scissors into his skull. “No procedure should be politicized and prohibited to the peril and detriment of someone for whom that procedure might be vital to have.”
Partial-birth abortion is illegal in the U.S., but other methods of late-term abortion are not.
LifeSiteNews contacted H*yas for Choice president Angela Maske via email but received no response by deadline. The Lecture Fund also did not respond to a request for comment by press time. The College Fix spoke to a leader of H*yas for Choice, who confirmed that Parker’s appearance served as a counterpoint to other students’ pro-life activities. The website quoted Lecture Fund board member Alice Collins, who praised Parker as “an inspiration” and “personal hero.”
Georgetown University has come under fire in the past for honoring pro-abortion politicians, including President Barack Obama, who gave an address to students. In addition, Georgetown University presented its Timothy J. Healy award last year to pro-abortion Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL, whose bishop has barred him from receiving Holy Communion.
Parker’s appearance at Georgetown was not the first time a prominent abortion advocate has been welcomed on campus. In 2016, the then-president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, delivered a lecture to students and received a standing ovation.
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, told LifeSiteNews he wasn’t surprised the campus Democrats co-sponsored the pro-abortion event.
“You can always count on the modern Democrat party to do everything possible to advance the bloodshed of the unborn,” said Pavone. He commented that both Georgetown and Parker have fallen into the trap of “using religious and ethical concepts to justify actions that in one way or another promote or condone abortion.”
Pavone said that because the abortion industry has run out of other justifications, it is now “invoking faith to justify their actions.” He added, “They’ve lost all the other arguments, so now they try to invoke God. They are false prophets, as the National Pro-life Religious Council (which I serve as President) pointed out some years ago in the publication we released called Holy Abortion?”
The Archdiocese of Washington did not respond to a request for comment before deadline.