Esther Waller ("Debate Is Healthy," May 21 letters) asks why President Barack Obama's invitation to speak at Notre Dame was such an issue when others who do not necessarily agree with the beliefs of the Catholic Church have addressed the university without protest. The answer lies in President Obama's radical position on abortion.
In 2002, Congress passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. Not one member of the House or Senate dissented. This unanimous vote was not surprising in that the bill simply stated that babies born alive, either naturally or as a result of a botched abortion, are entitled to full protection of the law. In other words the baby may not be killed without someone being prosecuted for murder. The bill included a neutrality clause to clarify that Roe would not be affected.
On three occasions Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama voted against that state's Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. To defend this ridiculous position he initially claimed the Illinois bill did not include the neutrality clause but a review of the bill proved otherwise.
Notre Dame would be hard-pressed to find any speaker who shares President Obama's extreme position and therein lies the source of the outrage.
JAMES J. LEEPER