Report: 63 Catholic colleges have ties to Planned Parenthood
Sixty-three Catholic colleges and universities have ties to Planned Parenthood, according to an investigative report released by the Cardinal Newman Society.
The report, which is titled “A More Scandalous Relationship: Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood” follows-up on the Society’s 2011 report that revealed more than 150 Catholic colleges or universities had ties to the abortion giant. According to the report, the Cardinal Newman Society was “[p]rompted by recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and selling of aborted baby body parts.”
"The mission of Planned Parenthood has nothing in common with the values of the Catholic Church."
The report divides the connections into six categories: Counseling and Medical Referrals; Internships and Job Referrals; Faculty, Staff and Leaders; Honors and Platforms; and Academic Activities and Referrals.
In one example, Georgetown University offers a library resource guide titled “ Health Inequities / Political Economy of Health: Activism” that recommends both Planned Parenthood and NARAL: Pro-Choice America.
According to the guide, “Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.”
Similarly, Georgetown University Breast Care Center also lists Planned Parenthood as a “Partner,” without which their “ services would not be possible.”
In another example, Santa Clara University lists Planned Parenthood as “a good reference/resource” in a lesson plan for its Character Based Literacy program.
Campus Reform reached out to Santa Clara to see if the university had any plans to remove Planned Parenthood as a recommended resource. Stephen Johnson, the Director of Character Educationat Santa Clara told Campus Reform that the university has no plans to do so.
In another instance, Trinity University in Washington, D.C. lists Planned Parenthood as a “Women’s Health” resource on the university website.
According to the Cardinal Newman Society, “[t]he mission of Planned Parenthood has nothing in common with the values of the Catholic Church, and no Catholic college should be collaborating with Planned Parenthood or its representatives on any matter—most especially those related to sexuality or the education of young adults.”
The report goes on to argue that “[e]very one of the relationships that we expose in this report ought to appall any Catholic who values human life and relies on Catholic educators to teach in complete fidelity to the Catholic faith.”
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