Sebelius heckled during Georgetown graduation speech

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Associated Press

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) was briefly interrupted by an anti-abortion heckler during a graduation speech today at Georgetown University.

During the speech, Sebelius paid tribute to religious freedom and the separation of church and state.

A man stood up during the speech and heckled her for supporting abortion rights. A university official says the man was escorted off campus by police and released.

Catholic church authorities had earlier denounced Georgetown's invitation for her to speak at the Public Policy Institute's awards ceremony.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington says the invitation to Sebelius from the Jesuit school was unfortunate. It says her public actions represent a direct challenge to religious liberty. Bishops view a requirement to cover birth control and other parts of President Barack Obama's health care law as attacks on religious freedom.

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APPHOTO WX102: FILE - In this May 15, 2012 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks in Bethesda, Md. Sebelius is paying homage to religious freedom and the separation of church and state in a graduation speech at Georgetown University, after Catholic church authorities lambasted the school's invitation for her to speak. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) (15 May 2012)

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