Parents and alumni are bashing a Catholic school in Connecticut this week for defending its beliefs about abortion and the sanctity of human life.
The Catholic Church is a clear and strong advocate against abortion and Planned Parenthood, the largest destroyer of unborn babies’ lives in America. So, it is bizarre that parents and alumni are so angry at Sacred Heart Greenwich school for teaching students to respect the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.
The school faced a wave of negative publicity earlier this month when sophomore Kate Murray said she was told to remove an “I stand with Planned Parenthood” sticker from her school laptop or not re-enroll next year. The school said it discourages students from displaying anything that supports or opposes “political candidates, positions or organizations.”
However, after a harsh backlash from alumni and negative media attention, the school said Murray could display the pro-abortion sticker.
Carbonated TV reports several former Sacred Heart students defended Murray and even met with school administrators to demand that she be allowed to support the abortion chain on school grounds.
Here’s more from the report:
Former student Megan McGrath confirmed that several alumnae went as far as meeting with administrators about the incident. According to the the current student’s mother, Tracy Murray, the pressure may have helped as the school has changed its mind, allowing the girl to remain enrolled. …
“This isn’t only about Planned Parenthood,” Charlotte Blutstein, a former student, said. “It’s about the hypocrisy of being taught that the school is an environment for open-minded discussion, encouraged to engage in debates about important issues, and then being punished for doing just that.”She added that she would increase her monthly donations to Planned Parenthood after this incident.
As it turned out, threatening a current student with expulsion did nothing but bring more attention to the causes she backs.
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. The abortion chain destroys about 320,000 unborn babies’ lives each year.
Planned Parenthood also lobbies 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.
It also has been caught in numerous scandals involving potential Medicaid fraud and failures to report suspected sex trafficking and sexual abuse of minors. And the U.S. Department of Justice is looking into whether Planned Parenthood illegally sold aborted baby body parts.
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The Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport supported the school’s initial decision to tell Murray to remove the pro-abortion sticker.
And as a private school, it was within its right to do so, much in the same way that private colleges sometimes restrict or prohibit pro-life clubs on their campuses.
“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 outrage in Connecticut is entirely misplaced. What people should be outraged about is the heinous practices of the abortion industry, and the way it deceives young women.