Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati hosted a protest Wednesday night at Mount St. Joseph University, a Catholic college that hosted a CNN town hall with President Joe Biden.
The Ohio Star spoke with the pro-life group’s executive director Meg DeBlase Wednesday, who has been leading the group’s response to Biden’s visit. Despite being Catholic, Biden supports abortion. His visit to the university is being viewed by many as tacit support for abortion by Mount St. Joseph.
“When we found out Joe Biden was going to be at the Mount, we asked people to take action,” DeBlase said. “First was to call the university itself.”
DeBlase said he received a massive response from pro-lifers, not just from Ohio, but from the entire region.
But the university was not taking phone calls. Rather, it was directing callers to a pre-recorded message.
The group’s next step was to direct protestors to reach out to Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.
DeBlase said they wanted Schnurr to “make a public statement about the gravity of abortion.”
But as The Ohio Star reported Tuesday, Schnurr, through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, pleaded ignorance about Biden’s town hall at the university.
“Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr has not been contacted by any involved party about the upcoming visit of President Joseph R. Biden to Cincinnati to participate in a CNN town hall meeting at Mount St. Joseph University. Archbishop Schnurr has therefore not been asked for, nor would he have granted, his approval for any such event to occur on Catholic premises,” he said in a statement.
Schnurr and the Archdiocese directed protestors to the Sisters of Charity, a group of Catholic nuns who run the university.
DeBlase, who said the nuns have a reputation as being somewhat liberal, told The Ohio Star that Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati instructed protestors on what to tell the Sisters of Charity.
“The request is to stop [Biden’s town hall] from happening,” she said. “Make an apology. Start acting as a Catholic institution and protect unborn lives. As a Catholic institution we expect them to be Catholic.”
DeBlase was in disbelief that a Catholic university is “hosting, welcoming – is so excited to host this radical pro-abortion president – and they haven’t even made a statement in opposition to his stance on abortion.”
Biden, who has been a politician for 40 years, has reconciled his Catholic faith with his liberal stance on murdering infants by saying that he is personally against abortion, but that he supports the “right to choose.”
“I would ask him, ‘well I guess you’re personally against child abuse – but it’s okay for other people to abuse children, by your standard?'” DeBlase said. “Let’s apply that logic to other issues. For some reason, people can distance themselves from unborn children. He’s making a seriously flawed argument.”
She also said that aside from his Catholicism, Biden is “obligated to stand up for the rights of those who are being persecuted” in his role as president of the United States and that unborn babies are indeed a persecuted group.
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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Ohio Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.