Catholic College Won’t Give Planned Parenthood Internship Credit

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 6, 2011   |   6:58PM   |   Montpelier, VT

St. Michael’s College in Vermont is getting kudos from a Catholic group that monitors colleges and universities for occasions on which they promote abortion. In this case, the school would not give credit for a student’s Planned Parenthood internship.

Today on its blog, the Cardinal Newsman Society highlightedhow The Defender newspaper indicates the college denied a student credit for interning with Planned Parenthood, as internship director, Joanne LaBrake Muehlberger, told the student the internship department was obligated to deny academic credit for the internship “because of the school’s religious affiliation.”

As the paper reports:

“There is an attempt to make sure things we do agree with the Catholic belief,” said Jeffery Trumbower, dean of the college. He said that approving this internship would mean that the school approved of the practices of Planned Parenthood.

Abortion services are available at the Burlington branch of Planned Parenthood.

“The institution has long taken this position that we cannot give academic credit for internships at Planned Parenthood,” Trumbower said.

Culver chose to work with Planned Parenthood because she has long had an interest in women’s rights. She said she believes that Planned Parenthood has these same interests.

St. Michael’s political science professor Trish Siplon took issue with the College’s decision.

“I understand that the Catholic church’s teachings are not in line with things Planned Parenthood does,” said political science professor, Trish Siplon. “But if you’re going to have a school that’s open to non-Catholics, then you have to respect that different people have different personal
moral beliefs.”…

“I think it’s discrimination to not allow academic credit for an organization that is a nonprofit,” said Siplon…

“I recognize it’s a tough call for a religious institution, but it’s an educational institution as well,” Siplon said.

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