A Connecticut teenager will be able to display her “I stand with Planned Parenthood” sticker at her Catholic school after all.
The Sacred Heart Greenwich school caved into pressure from alumni and the media this week after it initially told student Kate Murray that she had to remove the pro-abortion sticker from her laptop, Breitbart reports.
The sophomore’s parents, Brian and Tracy Murray, said the school told their daughter to remove the sticker or not re-enroll next year. Kate said she did remove the sticker and went to class last week, but her family continued to protest the school’s decision with the help of the media and alumni.
On Monday, the Murrays told the Greenwich Time that the school reversed its decision and Kate can display her Planned Parenthood sticker again.
“The school has reversed their earlier decision and is allowing Kate to leave the sticker on her laptop,” Tracy Murray told the newspaper. “Kate has chosen to continue to display the sticker and is happy to remain a part of such a special community. We are moved by the outpouring of support by the alumnae and the community at large and are heartened by its encouragement of one young woman’s voice.”
Here’s more from the report:
However, in explaining the reversal of the decision, Sacred Heart Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes says the issue of Kate openly supporting the nation’s largest provider of abortions in a Catholic school was one of “freedom of expression.”
In an op-ed at the Stamford Advocate titled “Nurturing Freedom of Expression at Sacred Heart,” Hayes, also an alumna of the school, wrote Sacred Heart has been dealing with “such important issues as freedom of expression, diversity of thought and mutual respect” under intense media scrutiny.
“As it has been for generations, a major focus of our policies and actions is on protecting constructive dialogue and freedom of expression,” she added. “Stickers, banners and buttons will always play a role in our public discourse. But on the campus and in the classrooms of Sacred Heart Greenwich, we’ll continue to do our best to keep that role as unobtrusive as possible.”
The Murrays contend that the sticker is not “vulgar” or “hurtful,” but, for many, support of the largest abortion business in America is extremely harmful. Planned Parenthood’s abortion agenda also violates Catholic Church teachings about the value of every human life from conception to natural death.
The Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport supported the school’s initial decision to tell Murray to remove the pro-abortion sticker.
“The Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion is almost universally understood, as is its consistent pro-life ethic, which defends the right to life of all those among us, particularly the most vulnerable in our society,” the diocese said in a statement last week. “As such the diocese fully supports the commitment of Head of School Pamela Hayes to affirm the Church’s teaching, while also recognizing and respecting the right of students to question and challenge as they grow in the learning process.”
The abortion chain Planned Parenthood destroys approximately 320,000 unborn babies every year in abortions. Its most recent annual report showed a record income of $1.46 billion, with about half a billion dollars coming from taxpayers.
Planned Parenthood even 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.
Planned Parenthood is not at all the type of group that a Catholic school or a student should support.