Christian Colleges in Bed With Planned Parenthood

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by Kristine Christlieb  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 16, 2021   

Mainline Protestant schools most enmeshed

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Planned Parenthood's ethic of death has permeated nearly every American institution, including higher education. The organization strategically locates its so-called clinics near university campuses. Church Militant's Kristine Christlieb reports on the abortion giant's grip on Christian colleges.

Students for Life: "Campuses are ground zero of the pro-life movement. That's where abortions are taking place."

The research arm of Students for Life of America (SLA) is reporting 1 in 8 Christian colleges have some level of affiliation with Planned Parenthood.

The study surveyed 784 U.S. colleges and universities affiliated with Christian churches. The results were released Wednesday.

Lauren Enriques (SLA):

The good news is that getting in touch with these schools, talking to the administrators, either making them aware or putting pressure on them that Planned Parenthood is on their campus, targeting their students does often result in those ties being cut. So 1 in 3 of the schools that we talked to privately before releasing our findings cut ties with Planned Parenthood.

To measure a college's level of affiliation, the organization's research institute scoured colleges' websites, interviewed Students for Life's campus-based staff members and in some cases, contacted college administrators directly.

Evidence of a school's relationship with Planned Parenthood included:

  • Planned Parenthood promoted as a volunteer, internship or career opportunity
  • Planned Parenthood identified as a student resource
  • Planned Parenthood events advertised on campus
  • Partnering with Planned Parenthood on at least one event since 2019

Lauren Enriquez:

If you look at the total number orf schools that belong to each denomination in the United States and their relationship with Planned Parenthood, what we found is that 1 in 2 Lutheran schools has a relationship with Planned Parenthood, 1 in 3 Presbyterian schools and 1 in 4 Methodist schools. Now the saddest part of that to me is that, out of those 1 in 2 Lutheran schools that do have a relationship with Planned Parenthood, none of those schools agreed to cut ties with the abortion giant after we contacted them.

In an op-ed published Friday in The Federalist, Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins called out Jesuit St. Louis University where, earlier this fall, pro-abortion students verbally attacked and vandalized Students for Life's Cemetery of the Innocents.

But researchers discovered Catholic colleges were most likely to drop Planned Parenthood when infractions were brought to their attention. 
 
It is encouraging to know Catholic colleges want to uphold Church teaching and are willing to drop their affiliation with Planned Parenthood when confronted with the incongruity. 

If you're curious about your alma mater, you can look at all the survey results by going to studentsforlife.org/christianschools.

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