A seminary professor in Louisiana was reportedly fired from his job after purportedly offering to fly women seeking abortions to states that have enshrined abortion access into law.
Greg Williams — who taught Greek and Latin at Saint Joseph Seminary College in Covington — made his veiled offer in a Facebook post published June 28, 2022.
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“If any women need to make an unexpected trip from the south to, say, Illinois or New Mexico or Virginia for reasons that are none of my business, I can provide safe, private air transport that would get you where you need to go and back the same day at a price that will work for you,” the 40-year-old professor wrote, according to The Guardian.
Williams published his offer in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that overturned the precedent set by Roe v. Wade in 1973, when the high court granted nationwide legal cover for abortion access.
The ruling last summer essentially returned the issue of abortion to the states.
The professor told The Guardian he was ousted from his job at the Catholic school one week after he offered to fly women to other states where abortions can be more easily obtained. He told the outlet he did not explicitly mention abortion in his Facebook post because of his association with the college.
According to the report, the Benedictine-run college has a stringent policy against faculty and staff sharing views that run athwart the teachings of the Catholic Church, which is vehemently opposed to abortion. Catholic and Protestant doctrine teaches life begins at conception and all human beings — inside and outside the womb — are created in the image of God and are endowed with innate value.
In his termination letter, which Williams received July 5, the school stated, “Your Facebook post publicly and deliberately advocated a position contrary to the official teaching of the Catholic Church.” It went on to inform the since-fired professor the nullification of his contract was “effective immediately.”
Williams claimed the school either plainly stated or clearly implied he was guilty of “heinous evil.”
He has since found employment at an Episcopal church and has continued his humanitarian work with Pilots for Patients. Having had his pilot’s license since 2009, Williams said he largely transports cancer patients unable to obtain treatment locally to other medical facilities.
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