A young woman who was working under contract as a softball coach at Billings Central Catholic School in Montana has been fired after school officials learned she worked at a Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Tarn Duff, 26, was paid $1,500 as a coach for the softball team during the 2012 and 2013 season, learned on Monday from the head coach that she had been fired by school officials. “The only reason they gave me was that I work at Planned Parenthood,” she told the Montana Standard.
“I’m not upset that I lost my job,” she said.
Patrick Haggerty, superintendent of Catholic Schools in Montana, said he concurred with the recommendation not to offer Duff a contract for the upcoming season, but did not agree that she’d been fired. Contracts for the spring sports season have not yet been offered to coaches, he said.
“I don’t know if you can say she’s been fired,” he said Tuesday. “We fulfilled the terms of the contract, and so did she.”
Duff began working as a clinical assistant at Planned Parenthood’s office in Billings in November. Her work entails “pulling people’s charts, scheduling people, things like that,” she said. “I do the basics. I’m the new kid there.”
“I absolutely love the work. I have amazing coworkers,” said Duff, who was known as Tarn Potter until her marriage last year to Mike Duff. “I believe everyone has a choice to decide what they’re going to do with their body. Planned Parenthood advocates for equal rights, and women and men both go there. People go there to get checkups.”
Duff said she “never thought twice” that her work at Planned Parenthood would “be an issue” with her coaching.
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But it is, Haggerty said.
“Certainly being employed by Planned Parenthood, an organization that by its nature violates Catholic moral teaching by providing abortions, is not being a good role model to the children attending Catholic schools,” he said.
Planned Parenthood issued a statement and made no mention of its status as the largest abortion business in Montana.
This news comes on the heels of the Diocese of Helena firing an unmarried teacher who became pregnant.