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Conscientious Objection

Last year, President Obama delivered the commencement address at Notre Dame, which led to a controversy over whether a Catholic university should provide such a prestigious platform to a pro-abortion president.

This year, Speaker Pelosi asked former Notre Dame president, the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, to lobby a member of Congress on behalf of the health-care bill. A report in the South Bend Tribune now confirms that not only did Hesburgh receive the call from Pelosi, but that Hesburgh also complied with her request and contacted Rep. Joe Donnelly, an Indiana Democrat who calls himself pro-life.

“Father Ted’s advice was simple: Vote your conscience,” [Donnelly press secretary] Shappell wrote in an e-mail.

Donnelly voted in favor of the bill. Thanks for the moral guidance, Father Ted.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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