The University of Notre Dame has adopted a statement reaffirming its opposition to abortion in the wake of last year's
uproar over the school's decision to invite President Barack Obama as its commencement speaker. The school faced a backlash
over the appearance of Obama, who is a strong supporter of abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research. Thursday's
statement says the Roman Catholic school "recognizes and upholds the sanctity of human life from conception to natural
death" in compliance with church teachings.