HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gave the commencement address for Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy for the school despite efforts form various conservative Catholic organizations urging another speaker. Sebelius’s address was interrupted by a screaming protestor.
The Cardinal Newman Society and other groups drafted petitions to attempt to remove Sebelius as the speaker for Georgetown University the oldest Catholic and Jesuit school because of her involvement in the Obamacare mandate which would demand that even religious institutions provide free contraception to employees regardless of their religious beliefs.
The petitions received over 30,000 signatures but Georgetown University did not budge and released a statement defending their decision to keep Sebelius, claiming that they asked her to be the speaker in January before the Obamacare mandate went to the Supreme Court.
The university also said, “The Secretary’s presence on our campus should not be viewed as an endorsement of her views. As a Catholic and Jesuit University, Georgetown disassociates itself from any positions that are in conflict with traditional church teachings.”
During the speech, Sebelius referred to herself as a feminist, then proceeded to say how she moved to Kansas for her husband who grew up there. She later quoted Robert Kennedy, and then mentioned Snooki from the Jersey Shore. Sebelius referenced Obamacare in her speech: “I have the opportunity to help implement historic legislation.”
Sebelius talked about the job of those who go into public policy and said that it included the, “moral and economic imperative to providing healthcare to all our citizens.
Sebelius wasn’t too far into her speech before a protestor stood up and started shouting various epithets at the secretary, including “I have a message for you Kathleen Sebelius: you’re a murderer,” before being escorted out. The room booed the protestor and once Sebelius resumed her speech, the audience applauded.