Providence College’s political science department says that it’s “proud” to host pro-abortion Democratic Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for a lecture. The college’s campus calendar shows the lecture as taking place on Friday, February 15, though a note on the calendar also lists the date of Friday, February 22. Senator Whitehouse is scheduled to give a lecture between 6-8 p.m. in the Smith Center Concert Hall, with a reception prior to the lecture.
“I am pro-choice,” Whitehouse said during the 2006 Rhode Island Senate debate. “I firmly believe that family planning decisions should be private, and that there’s no role for government intrusion in those decisions. Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land by almost any legal standard.”
It’s not the senator’s first visit to the Catholic college. On October 8, 2008, the senator was on campus to speak about his experiences as a freshman senator, the economy, the environment, and the significance of the youth vote in the election.
He has voted against cutting federal funding for Planned Parenthood, voted against a budget bill that would have cut funding for contraception, voted against overturning the pro-life “Mexico City Policy,” voted against banning funding of organizations that support coercive abortion programs, and voted in favor of federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
The NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has endorsed Whitehouse. NARAL gave Whitehouse a 100-percent score in its 2011 Congressional Record on Choice.