When Catholic institutions of higher learning publicly partner with Planned Parenthood despite the Church’s clear teaching on the grave evil of abortion, faithful students and alumni should take note. A recent report from Students for Life can help them do just that. The group investigated 784 Christian institutions, including 237 Catholic schools, and first found that 103 Christian schools, including 22 Catholic schools, were linked to family planning.
After Students for Life contacted schools with links to the abortion giant, a third of them severed those links and the number fell to 69 schools in total, including eight Catholic institutions.
The report, released in December, investigated Christian school websites in the fall of 2021 and identified connections with Planned Parenthood, including promoting the organization as a credit internship opportunity, promoting it in as a resource for students, advertising or partnering on a Planned Parenthood. event from 2019 and promote the group as a volunteer or career opportunity. Schools with these connections to Planned Parenthood received an email and were called in September and October 2021 ahead of the report’s release, giving them the option to remove references to the organization.
Lauren Enriquez, deputy media strategist at Students for Life, told the Register that the report aimed to hold these schools accountable to “the students who go there, the alumni, especially if they are donors, and the parents who will pay. their children’s school fees to attend these schools. According to their latest annual report, Planned Parenthood has performed 354,871 abortions in the past year.
Enriquez said pro-life advocates in Christian and Catholic schools “need to be aware” when an institution is linked to the abortion giant.
Catholic schools rated on family planning links
The seven Catholic schools the registry found still had links to the abortion provider on their websites were St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Sacred Heart University of Connecticut, The College of St. John Fisher in New York, Marymount University in Virginia, The College of St. Rose in New York, St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, and Felician University in New Jersey. None of the schools returned the Registry’s request for comment on the report’s findings.
Another Catholic school listed at the time of the report’s publication, Trinity Washington University in DC, had a link to Planned Parenthood as a resource for women’s health, according to screenshots in the report, but the link is not no longer publicly visible and now requires a Trinity login access. The university did not return the registry’s query to find out whether Planned Parenthood was still being provided as a resource for students in some way, or if the information had been removed entirely.
Colleges received letter ratings in the report based on the number of times a school’s website referred to Planned Parenthood. St. Michael’s College of Vermont scored the lowest of an “F” among Catholic schools in the report because they listed Planned Parenthood as a resource on five separate occasions as part of student health services, including for contraception, dating and relationships, and men’s health.
Among the schools that achieved a “D” grade were Marymount University, which lists Planned Parenthood as a resource for one web design course and two social media courses. The University of the Sacred Heart of Connecticut received a “D” for promoting family planning as an applied practical experience for a student obtaining a master’s degree in public health. They also listed the organization as a pandemic fatigue resource, but have removed that link since it was noted in the report. The school did not respond to the registry’s request to find out whether the link had been removed due to the school’s Catholic identity and whether the remaining website references to Planned Parenthood were consistent with that identity.
St. John Fisher College in New York City, another ‘D’ school, hosted Planned Parenthood employees at a Career Center event in 2019, listed the organization as a resource on rape and promoted at a career event. The College of St. Rose in New York City received a “C” grade for listing Planned Parenthood as an internship site and in its “ways to serve” suggestions for social justice and advocacy.
The schools that received a “B” grade were St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, which lists Planned Parenthood as an LGBTQ resource., and Felician University of New Jersey, which has Planned Parenthood as a reference option for students in their PsyD textbook.
The report found that 14 of 22 Catholic schools contacted by the group severed ties with the organization after being informed. Catholic schools that have removed links from their websites to Planned Parenthood include Fordham University in New York and Georgetown University in Washington DC Enriquez noted that “Catholic schools were most likely to break links” after have been asked about the connection. She believed this was due to the “clear theology and doctrine of the Catholic Church in favor of the dignity of life and against abortion,” saying that “it would be really difficult” for a Catholic school to “d ” affirm that she was in some way following the teachings of the Church in promoting family planning.
However, the problem of Catholic colleges partnering with Planned Parenthood appears to persist, as after the report gathered its findings, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles authorized a student club, Women in Politics, to organize a fundraiser. for Planned Parenthood on campus. “Events, actions or positions of student organizations, including Women in Politics, are not endorsed by the university,” the school said in a November statement to the Catholic News Agency. “However, the existence of these student organizations and their activities are living examples that LMU embraces its mission, commitments and the complexities of free and honest speech.” They said the school “remains committed to its Catholic, Jesuit and Marymount heritage, values and intellectual traditions.”
Enriquez said the ‘silver lining’ of this incident was that it motivated pro-life students on campus to take action, including student Megan Glaudini who resurrected the school’s long inactive pro-life group. VITA and led a rosary gathering.
Pro-life resources on campus
In addition to empowering schools linked to Planned Parenthood, the project awarded a special “A +” rating to 49 schools that promoted “free, local and non-violent alternative resources for on-campus abortion”. Eighteen of these schools, over a third of the total, were Catholic. Enriquez referred to the Students for Life Standing With You initiative, used by many pro-life schools nationwide, which provides information on resources for young pregnant mothers in every state as well as information on balancing college life as a new mom.
Among those schools offering pro-life resources, she highlighted Ave Maria University’s Campus Care initiative, which is a “student-led, staff-backed initiative dedicated to providing support and guidance. resources for pregnant and parental students ”. The services provided by the initiative include “pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STI tests, mentoring, material assistance, accommodation, postabortion healing, academic support, spiritual guidance, peer support, baby shower and free child care for our undergraduate parents. She added that the school has a child care program with student volunteers so that students who are parents can still attend classes and participate in campus life.
She also praised Holy Cross College in Massachusetts for its offerings of pastoral care for pregnant students, including the promise to give pregnant students “a caring and supportive environment” and working with them to “develop a plan” to achieve this. their diploma.
Overall, Enriquez said she was impressed with the outcome of one in three schools that severed ties with Planned Parenthood after being contacted by Students for Life. She said the group would “continue to monitor” the issue and encouraged students “if they are aware of the promotion of pro-life resources or the abortion industry” on campus to contact by mail. electronic to [email protected]