Iowa Right to Life has a special place for organizations and people who shamelessly promote the anti-life movement, contrary to all reason. We would like to make them known to all on the Wall of Shame.
Here we go again. The scandal of President Barack Obama at Notre Dame’s commencement almost edged out of the media a similar scandal closer to home. On May 9, 2009, Clarke College, a Catholic college in Dubuque turned its graduation into a vile pro-abortion promotion by honoring U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), who favors destroying human embryos for research, public funding for contraception and earned a 100% rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) which is actively working for the passage of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)—an extreme anti-life congressional bill.
Clarke invited Braley to give the commencement speech and bestowed on him an “honorary doctor of laws degree.” Honoring a pro-abortion politician, so contrary to Catholic teaching on life issues, earned Clarke College a place on IRTL’s Wall of Shame. In May 2008, St. Ambrose University in Davenport landed on the Wall of Shame for honoring pro-abortion activist and former Iowa Rep. Maggie Tinsman with an honorary doctorate.
St. Ambrose University
St. Ambrose University, a Catholic university in Davenport, Iowa, makes the Wall of Shame after its Board of Directors gave one of its most prestigious awards – an honorary doctorate – to an abortion activist, former Iowa state senator, Margaret (“Maggie”) Tinsman at its graduation ceremonies on May 11, 2008.
Tinsman, currently on Parenthood of Greater Iowa’s (PPGI) 2007 list of donors, once helped triple PPGI’s income from tax dollars by ushering in a Medicaid waiver into an appropriations bill. Sadly, Tinsman who was pro-life when first elected, changed her tune when pro-abortion Governor Tom Vilsack came into office. She voted “no” against pro-life legislation, such as the Unborn Victims Act (2004), the Human Cloning Ban (2002) and voted twice against the Women’s Right to Know / Informed Consent bill (2000 and 2001; and was absent from the 2002 vote on same bill.) Tinsman also sits on Warren Buffet’s “Iowa Initiative” to distribute birth control.
For a Catholic university to honor a person like Tinsman, who supports practices and organizations so contrary to Catholic teaching, makes no sense at all. Read more: St. Ambrose / Maggie Tinsman controversy.
The same construction company that does construction projects for schools like Valley High School in West Des Moines, Clive Elementary, in Clive and Central College in Pella, made national headlines in 2007, when they built the largest abortion clinic in the United State for Planned Parenthood in Denver, Colorado.
Because of the enormous clinic’s location in a black neighborhood, and Planned Parenthood’s legacy of targeting minorities, pro-life demonstrators in Denver carried signs that said, “Weitz Killing Blacks.” Fred Weitz, a great-grandson of the company’s founder and his wife Emily are both on Planned Parenthood of Iowa’s (PPGI) Board of Sponsors.
In supporting Planned Parenthood, Weitz is killing their future business. Who will fill the schools after Planned Parenthood kills off all the children?