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

Catholic World News - October 02, 2013

Regina Benjamin, who served as surgeon general of the United States from November 2009 until July 2013, has been named the NOLA.com/Times-Picayune 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?

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