A Catholic school in Connecticut is getting negative publicity this week after it told one of its students to stop promoting the Planned Parenthood abortion chain at school.
The issue involves an “I stand with Planned Parenthood” sticker that Kate Murray, a sophomore at the Sacred Heart Greenwich school, placed on her laptop, the AP reports.
Brian and Tracy Murray said the school told their daughter to remove the sticker or not re-enroll next year. They said Kate did remove the sticker and went to class this week, but they still are deciding whether to keep her at the school.
“It is a small sticker. It is not incendiary, it is not vulgar. It is not hurtful,” Tracy Murray told the Greenwich Time. “It is a statement of my daughter’s belief and she deserves the same respect for her beliefs that the administration and part of the faculty are demanding for theirs.”
To many, however, support of Planned Parenthood is vulgar and hurtful. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in America, which goes against Catholic Church teachings about the value of every human life from conception to natural death.
In a statement, the Catholic school said students are discouraged from displaying anything that supports or opposes “political candidates, positions or organizations.”
Here’s more from the report:
President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Cecile Richards tweeted out her support to Kate Thursday.
“Kate, Planned Parenthood is so proud to count you as a supporter,” she wrote. “Keep fighting for what you believe in. #IstandwithKateMurray.”
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, more than 1,500 people signed an online petition called “I Stand With Kate Murray.” The petition states, “Unless Kate is allowed her freedom of speech, all of my future donations that would have been allocated to Sacred Heart Greenwich will now and forever be donated to Planned Parenthood.”
The petition was started by Stephanie Viola, a close friend of the Murray family who graduated from Sacred Heart Greenwich in 2012. In an email to school administration Tuesday night, she explained Planned Parenthood provides a wide variety of women’s health care, such as birth control, pregnancy care, cancer screenings and mental health counseling, in addition to providing abortions.
“The actions you are taking make you no better than the oppressive forces you are teaching women to question,” she wrote.
Another alumna claimed the school is hypocritical because it allowed another student to urge people to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in America, aborting approximately 320,000 unborn babies every year. Its most recent annual report showed a record income of $1.46 billion, with about half a billion dollars coming from taxpayers.
The abortion chain fights against protections for viable, late-term unborn babies, unborn babies with disabilities, unborn babies capable of feeling pain and babies born alive after botched abortions.
In December, the U.S. Department of Justice said it is investigating whether the abortion chain illegally sold aborted baby body parts. The abortion chain also has been caught in numerous scandals involving potential Medicaid fraud and failures to report suspected sex trafficking and sexual abuse of minors.