St. Mary’s Hosts Planned Parenthood Display

by Christine Niles  •  •  November 2, 2015   

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. ( - Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana hosted a pro-Planned Parenthood display on its campus lawn Thursday.

According to the Notre Dame Observer, the display appeared as a response to an October 15 presentation at the college called the Planned Parenthood Project, which seeks to expose the abortion giant's deceptive practices. In protest, St. Mary's Feminists United Student Group planted 1,852 flags in the ground of Library Green to visually represent the non-abortion-related services offered by Planned Parenthood. Each flag reportedly stands for 10 services offered by the abortion conglomerate unrelated to abortion or contraception.

Religious studies professor Stacy Davis explained, "[The Planned Parenthood Project] focused exclusively on abortion, one service that Planned Parenthood provides. Feminists United wanted to present information about Planned Parenthood's other services, including HIV tests, pregnancy tests and cancer screenings."

Stephanie Szymas, vice president of Feminists United, justified the display, saying her club and its supporters "celebrate the services Planned Parenthood provides ... ."

Quoting radical abortion activist Wendy Davis, the Texas senator who failed in her gubernatorial bid last year, Szymas said, "She shared our social media posts and said, 'Young women often ask me, How can we make a difference? My answer: follow your heart, speak up when you feel the need to be heard.'"

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards was once caught falsely claiming the abortion giant offers "mammograms." In 2011, Richards — arguing against a bill to cut funding to Planned Parenthood — claimed on CNN that "millions of women are going to lose their health care access, not to abortion services — to basic family planning, mammograms."

An investigative video revealed that Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms, and in later testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Richards admitted that her abortion conglomerate has never provided such services.

Although the display gives the impression that a majority of Planned Parenthood's services are not abortion-related, the Planned Parenthood Project revealed that in 2013:

  • Planned Parenthood mills performed 327,653 abortions (897 abortions per day)
  • 94 percent of Planned Parenthood's pregnancy services consisted of abortions
  • Planned Parenthood received $528.4 million in federal money — nearly half their yearly revenue

Saint Mary's College was founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, originally sent to help the Congregation of Holy Cross as they founded a school for boys in South Bend, eventually becoming the University of Notre Dame. The Sisters established their own school for girls across the way from Notre Dame.

Although it started out as a solid Catholic school for girls, St. Mary's has over the years become a feminist stronghold, offering a Gender and Women's Studies curriculum that includes courses like "Introduction to LGBTQ Studies," "Gender and Environmental Justice" and "Feminist Theory."

The college has also hosted the Vagina Monologues for a number of years, and continues to do so to this day — a controversial play that glorifies lesbian sex and includes graphic depictions of female sexuality.

According to Catholic commentator E. Michael Jones, who was fired from St. Mary's College for his promotion of the pro-life teachings of the Church, "St. Mary's bills itself as a Catholic college for women, but it is in reality a feminist college for Catholics."

Among its core values, St. Mary's College includes a commitment "to meeting the spiritual needs of members of all faith traditions." Catholicism is nowhere mentioned.


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