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Petitioning Provost Thomas G. Burish and 37 others

Boycott Notre Dame Until They Drop Their Birth Control Lawsuit


Notre Dame has filed a lawsuit over the birth control mandate in Healthcare Reform. This is just another example of big organized religion (supported by money from the right wing in an election year) trying to infringe on Women's Rights. Healthcare Reform doesn't mandate that they TAKE birth control, it only mandates that the employees' insurance covers it. Religious Freedom does NOT trump Women's Rights. Birth control effects women's health, we all know this by now.

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We must boycott Notre Dame until they drop this lawsuit. We need to hit them where it hurts, money and public opinion.

►Don't buy Notre Dame merchandise.
►Don't go to Notre Dame sporting events.
►Don't watch their sporting events on television
►If you are a student there... PROTEST!
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Get involved, this is a ridiculous use of religion as politics and we aren't going to stand for it! Religious Freedom is not at stake here, Women's Rights are.

Letter text written by Jason Pfister


This is a notice to inform you that, until Notre Dame ceases and desists their assault on reproductive freedoms via suing to block the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate, I gladly join other concerned Americans nationwide in boycotting your school. Under no circumstances shall my money, time or investment incorporate even one second's worth of an endorsement behind any Notre Dame sponsored event, whether that pertain to sports (sad, given how a dear childhood friend played football at your institution) or fundraisers or anything justifying an obviously regressive mission hindering today's feminist cause. As a woman, I'm sure you understand why birth control access yields beneficial results (re: curtails unintended pregnancies, prevents disease escalation), plus has been used at least once by 99% of women per recent statistics. Given our nation's history at being less than receptive towards basic gender liberties, especially on Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton's legacy movement spanning almost a century all to simply enter a voting booth, it's time for places, including private universities, to respect women's hard earned autonomy. Also, as the mandate requires that basic reproductive services be through insurance policies that students pay for themselves, this lawsuit's not only counterproductive but meaningless, as your tax dollars won't spend a penny on services for which you or Notre Dame's administrative staff may object to on moral grounds.

Please consider forgoing this court action. Until that day commences, expect at least thousands of Americans not to partake in a policy lying incongruent with all schools' emphasis: advancing education. An enlightened public literate on health care safeguards better shapes a society as opposed to restrictions excluding basic medicinal care. After all, multiple studies indicate that abstinence only programs pervading numerous secondary education facilities increase teen and/or unwanted pregnancies likely to expand taxpayer expenses due to years worth of housing, food, medical care and other miscellaneous expenses (research indicates how an abortion today has a similar value to during the 1970s. Those unable to finance an otherwise inexpensive operation are likely to qualify for welfare assistance. How best to prevent this scenario? Avail YOUNG students to birth control access). Besides, aren't we all pro life to the extent of not subjecting innocent children to an sometimes burdensome domestic lifestyle run by parents who likely view them as an inconvenience? Denying birth control coverage, as Notre Dame currently does, buttresses most these tragic consequences surrounding limited medicinal remedies.

Thank you for your time.

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This petition was delivered to:
  • Provost
    Thomas G. Burish
  • Account Executive, Office of Public Affairs and Communication
    Joe Lyphout
  • Managing Director, Office of Public Affairs and Communication
    Donald Schindler
  • Vice President for University Relations
    Louis M. Nanni
  • Assistant Director for University Relations
    Ryan Brennan
  • Assistant Vice President for University Relations
    Drew Buscareno
  • Sr. Director, Operational and Administrative Strategy
    Brian Dean
  • Senior Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
    George Q. Keegan
  • Director, Finance and Administration
    Mary Ellen Koepfle
  • Assistant Athletics Director, Athletics External Affairs
    Maureen McNamara
  • Associate Rockne Heritage Fund and Director Circle
    Mary Rattenbury
  • Assistant Director
    Bill Reagan
  • Associate Vice President for University Relations
    Dan Reagan
  • Assistant Director, President’s Circle
    Anne Riordan
  • Vice President for Finance
    John A. Sejdinaj
  • Director, Office of Budget & Financial Planning
    Linda Kroll
  • Controller, Office of Budget & Financial Planning
    Drew Paluf
  • Deputy Athletics Director, Athletics External Affairs
    Bill Scholl
  • Project Manager, Office of Public Affairs and Communication
    Amy Bladow
  • President Elect, Board of Directors Alumni Association
    John P. Calcutt
  • Advisory Council Chair
    David M. Morrissey
  • Business Manager, Office of VP-Student Affairs
    Rev. Mark Thesing, C.S.C.
  • Director of Compensation and Benefits, Department of Human Resources
    Denise M. Murphy
  • Director of Procurement Services
    Vaibhav Agarwal
  • Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the President
    Frances L. Shavers,
  • Faculty Board on Athletics Chair, Professor of Law and Notre Dame Presidential Fellow
    Patricia L. Bellia
  • Faculty Senate Chair
    John Robinson
  • Finance Guidance Council Chair, Director, Enterprise Systems
    Scott Kirner
  • Associate Athletic Director
    Mike Danch
  • Associate Vice President for Human Resources
    Robert K. McQuade
  • Associate Vice President and Counselor to the President
    Rev. James E. McDonald, C.S.C.
  • Office of Vice President for Business Operations
    David A. Harr
  • Executive Vice President
    John F. Affleck-Graves
  • Vice President and Associate Provost
    Donald B. Pope-Davis
  • Assistant Vice President, University Events & Protocol, Director Game Day Operations
    Mike Seamon
  • Administrative Assistant, Development
    Patricia M. Smith
  • President, Board of Directors Alumni Association
    John P. Delaney Jr.
  • President
    Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

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