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‘Pro-choice’ former surgeon general to lead Catholic college’s school of public health

October 02, 2013

Regina Benjamin, who served as surgeon general of the United States from November 2009 until July 2013, has been named the Endowed Chair in Public Health Sciences at Xavier University in Louisiana, according to a Catholic News Service report.

In 2009, a White House press spokesman said that Benjamin “supports the president's position on reproductive health issues,” and a McClatchy Newspapers headline characterized her views as “pro-choice.”

Benjamin, who will lead the university’s new Department of Public Health Sciences, is a Xavier alumna.

“She’s not just good -- she's fulfilling St. Katharine Drexel’s mission,” said Sister Grace Mary Flickinger, a Xavier professor who taught Benjamin. “I’m sure St. Katharine Drexel is smiling down on a young woman who is living the mission of Xavier University.”


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Oct. 03, 2013 4:24 AM ET USA

    It's hard to believe there were no qualified candidates who respect life.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Oct. 02, 2013 8:14 PM ET USA

    It is amazing how we can lie to ourselves just to fill a slot with a government crony. Just because she was the surgeon general does not make her the best doctor who also understands the mission of the school. I doubt St. Katherine Drexel is smiling and it is an abomination to say she would smile on a person who is pro-abortion.

  • Posted by: Defender - Oct. 02, 2013 8:59 AM ET USA

    Why would a sister think that a saint would be smiling down on a pro-abortion school leader? For that matter, this is the mission of the university? Anyone see something wrong here?