Drexel University Boycott Starts Over Pro-Abortion Projects

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 1, 2012   |   5:04PM   |   Washington, DC

A pro-life group is urging a boycott of the Earle Macke School of Law at Drexel University over pro bono projects the college is pushing that would have students promoting abortion.

“Secular Pro-Life urges supporters of the right to life, women’s health, and freedom of speech to boycott the Earle Macke School of Law at Drexel University.  The boycott will continue until Drexel reforms its unethical pro bono program,” the organization says. “Students and alumni who participate in the boycott are encouraged to notify the law school of the reason for their decision.  Contact information for the Assistant Dean of Admission and the Senior Vice President are available at BoycottDrexel.com.”

In March, Secular Pro-Life broke the story that Drexel was promoting two pro-abortion pro bono projects. The pro-life group highlighted the two projects in its boycott call:

The “Judicial Bypass Intake Project” involves law students in legal proceedings that allow minors to have abortions without their parents’ knowledge.  Some of those girls likely go to the local Planned Parenthood, which has a history of providing inadequate follow-up care for its abortion patients.  Drexel has provided no assurances that these girls will have access to prompt emergency care in the event of a complication.

A second project, the “Abortion Clinic Escort Service,” encourages law students to threaten pro-life sidewalk counselors with bogus lawsuits. Although Drexel has changed the wording of that project’s description on its website, it has not contacted Secular Pro-Life to explain any substantive reforms to the project, despite repeated requests.

“Unfortunately, Drexel has ignored our petition for reform,” said Kelsey Hazzard, the president of Secular Pro-Life and a law student at the University of Virginia.  “Accordingly, we are asking pro-life students who are considering law school to refrain from applying to Drexel.  We are also asking alumni and other potential donors to send their money elsewhere.”