Washington — A planned graduation speech by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Georgetown University is going forward, despite criticism from the Archdiocese of Washington that Sebelius is an inappropriate choice for the Jesuit school.
The Archdiocese on Tuesday said in a statement that Sebelius' actions as a public official "present the most direct challenge to religious liberty in recent history." Sebelius helped shape President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law, which includes a mandate that requires employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control for workers. Catholic bishops have led opposition to the mandate.
Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, is scheduled to speak Friday at a ceremony for graduates of Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute. A Georgetown spokeswoman said Wednesday that the plans have not changed.