Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gave a mostly non-political commencement address at Georgetown today, but one protester interrupted her speech to the public policy graduate students at Georgetown University.
Almost as soon as she began to speak, a protester began yelling, “Abortion is murder!” Others yelled back, “Get out!” Unfazed, Sebelius continued on her speech in the exact same, chipper tone with which she started.
Watch the interruption here:
Sebelius avoided mentioning the administration’s controversial contraception rule, instead telling the graduates that policy debates can be painful.
Catholics were angry that Sebelius had been chosen to speak at the Jesuit University, citing her role in ordering health care plans to provide contraceptives free of charge at religious institutions. More than 37,000 signed a petition objecting to her visit. And ahead of her speech, Catholic League President Bill Donohue even compared Sebelius to a neo-Nazi.