Receiving Award at Catholic Georgetown Law, Pro-Abortion Joe Biden Says There’s ‘No Excuse’ for Violence against a Child

By Edwin Mora | April 22, 2009 | 7:17 PM EDT

Vice President Joe Biden making an Earth Day announcement in Landover, Md., on April 22, 2009. Later in the day he received an award at Georgetown University Law Center (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

( - Appearing at the Georgetown University Law Center yesterday to receive an award from a self-described “pro-choice” non-profit group, pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden said that there is “no excuse” for violence against a child.
The Georgetown law school, a Catholic institution, hosted the event honoring the pro-choice Catholic Biden even though it is the policy of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops that Catholic institutions should not honor or provide a platform for those who defy fundamental moral principles, including respect for the right to life.
The event was co-sponsored by The Georgetown Journal of Gender and Law and Legal Momentum, a pro-choice non-profit organization formerly known as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.
At the event, Biden received the Legal Momentum Hero Award for his sponsorship of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which passed Congress 15 years ago.
In a posting on the Georgetown Law Center website, The Georgetown Journal of Gender and Law said that yesterday’s event was intended to commemorate the 15th anniversary of VAWA and to honor Biden.

“At this symposium Legal Momentum and The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law will bring together a remarkable group of individuals who have been, or continue to be, involved in drafting, passing, litigating and reauthorizing VAWA, to relate the law’s history and impact from their perspectives as key players in this historic legislation," said the posting. "We will also honor Vice President Biden at the Symposium.”
In his speech accepting the Legal Momentum Hero Award, Biden said: “You know there is no excuse for violence against a women or child. There is no excuse.” 
In the 2007-2008 session of Congress, the National Right to Life Committee gave Biden a 0 percent vote rating, meaning he never voted the pro-life side on any issue.
During a November 2007 Democratic presidential primary debate, Biden said he would not appoint anybody to the Supreme Court who did not support Roe v. Wade, the court’s 1972 decision that legalized abortion on demand in the United States. 

Altagracia Levat, vice-president of communication at Legal Momentum, told, “We don’t consider abortion violence, but we have always been pro-choice.”
Levat pointed out that she did not want to engage in the abortion debate. “We are a legal rights organization, a civil rights organization, and so that is the focus of our work regardless of personal views on abortion.”   
The event honoring Biden took place at the Georgetown Law Center's Hart Auditorium inside McDonough Hall.

The law school’s website invokes what it calls the school's “Jesuit and Catholic Identity.”
In 2004, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops published a document entitled, “Catholics in Political Life.”
The document states, “It is the teaching of the Catholic Church….that the killing of an unborn child is always intrinsically evil and can never be justified.”
It adds: “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” 
Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, said that it was a bad move for Georgetown Law to team up with a pro-choice organization to honor a political figure in favor of allowing abortions.

“In many ways this honor is worse [than Notre Dame honoring Obama] because not only is Georgetown honoring a pro-abortion Catholic politician, but it is doing so in co-operation with a national pro-abortion lobby, Legal Momentum,” said Reilly.
The communication department at the Georgetown Univesity Law Center did not return calls asking for comment on why the law school hosted the event.