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Most Jesuit-college alumni in US Congress support legal abortion, study finds

January 10, 2017

In the new US Congress, most of the representatives who graduated from Jesuit-run colleges and universities are strongly in favor of legal abortion, according to a study by Matthew Archbold of the Cardinal Newman Society.

Analyzing voting records by the criteria furnished by the National Right to Life Committe, Archbold found that among the 12 Jesuit-educated members of the Senate, only two are reliable pro-life votes, while two others have mixed voting records and the remaining eight were consistently in favor of legal abortion. In the House of Representatives, 12 of the 44 Jesuit alumni are consistently pro-life; most of the others voted consistently for legal abortion, although several had mixed voting records.


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  • Posted by: timothy.op - Jan. 11, 2017 10:52 PM ET USA

    Although it is sadly clear that most Jesuit universities have defected from the Faith in many respects, this statistic from the Newman Society is rather useless without a comparable statistic about Congressmen from non-Jesuit Catholic Universities. Without such a number, this statistic tells us nothing about how Jesuit schools compare to other Catholic schools.

  • Posted by: unum - Jan. 11, 2017 9:15 AM ET USA

    We already know that a majority of graduates from universities "in the Jesuit tradition" instead of the Catholic tradition do not follow Church teaching. Since the hierarchy refuse to take action to clarify that certain universities "in the Jesuit tradition" are not Catholic, many of the faithful are being misled. ... "and Jesus wept!"

  • Posted by: Sed contra - Jan. 10, 2017 8:15 PM ET USA

    Quelle surprise!