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Hundreds Protest Obama Notre Dame Speech

Sunday, 05 Apr 2009 08:23 PM

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Hundreds of anti-abortion advocates protested on the University of Notre Dame campus against the school's decision to award an honorary degree to President Barack Obama.

Speakers at Sunday's rally outside the school's Main Building called for the honorary degree to be rescinded because Obama's stances on abortion and stem cell research are counter to Roman Catholic teachings.

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Anti-abortion groups and several Catholic bishops have criticized the university's decision to honor Obama when he visits to give the commencement address on May 17.

The campus protest was organized by ND Response, a coalition of student groups formed in response to the Obama invitation. Organizers distributed white carnations, pamphlets and urged people to write letters to university President the Rev. John Jenkins.

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