In 2011, The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) released a report showing Planned Parenthood’s relationship with Catholic colleges in America. Shockingly, the publication, A Scandalous Relationship: Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood, revealed over 150 instances of Catholic colleges ties to the abortion company.
The report read, “Despite the Catholic Church’s unambiguous teaching on abortion and contraception, we discovered referrals to Planned Parenthood for “health” services, internships and fellowships with Planned Parenthood, seemingly boastful disclosures of employees’ past work with Planned Parenthood, and other ties to this and other “pro-choice” organizations.” The Catholic educational watchdog group also noted that the connection with Planned Parenthood is found in dozens of Catholic institutions but especially in highly secularized institutions like Georgetown University and Seattle University.
Now CNS has released another report titled, A More Scandalous Relationship, in the wake of revelations about Planned Parenthood’s organ harvesting business. As LifeNews previously reported, in seven videos released by The Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood’s top executives are haggling over the price of aborted babies’ body parts and admitting to altering abortion procedures to obtain salable organs for harvesting. The most recent video, which was released today, catches the abortion company harvesting the brain of an aborted baby who was still alive.
The new CNS report exposes dozens of Catholic institutions that promote internships and jobs at Planned Parenthood as well as universities that refer students to contact them if they are need of health care. For example, Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Ohio lists Planned Parenthood as a patient education resource for women’s health in its health science library; Xaxier University in Louisiana includes a counseling resource published by Safe Horizon, which encourages victims of sexual assault to contact Planned Parenthood; and the College of Saint Rose in New York recommends and links to Planned Parenthood as a “health and wellness” resource for “sexual health and family planning services for both men and women.”
Catholic universities that have credited internships and bragged about jobs former students have at Planned Parenthood include Boston College (MA), Mount Saint Mary’s University (CA), Seattle University, Stonehill College (MA), the University of Dayton (OH) and the University of San Diego. Unbelievably, a few of these universities even recommend that students majoring in women’s studies pursue careers at Planned Parenthood.
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Additionally, the CNS report lists employees of Catholic institutions that are directly tied to the abortion giant. CNS believes this is unacceptable and once again discourages Catholics from affiliating with Planned Parenthood. They write, “We urge Catholic colleges and universities to embrace a no-tolerance position for any relationship with Planned Parenthood—including disqualifying candidates for teaching positions with previous experience working with or for pro-abortion organizations.”
They conclude, “The new video evidence of Planned Parenthood’s abhorrent practices only strengthens The Cardinal Newman Society’s argument that Catholic colleges should avoid all cooperation with Planned Parenthood and its employees and volunteers. Such an association—which undermines the Church’s pro-life efforts, endangers the health and purity of students and employees, and risks leading both Catholics and non-Catholics astray from the Church’s teaching on the dignity and sanctity of human life—is a scandal and violates the mission of Catholic higher education.”
Although pro-abortion Catholics like to argue that their teaching has “progressed” and is more accepting of abortion, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, in 2013, Pope Francis reiterated that the Catholic Church will never compromise on their opposition against abortion. He said, “I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or ‘modernizations’. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.”
It would be good for the Catholic institutions listed in the CNS report to listen to the words of Pope Francis and remember that by supporting Planned Parenthood, they are supporting abortion and the group’s organ harvesting business. They should also consider what the Archbishop in Louisiana said about Catholics who are affiliated with Planned Parenthood,
In March 2013, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond, said, “There is no justification, including economic hardship that will make a direct or indirect relationship with Planned Parenthood or any abortion provider, acceptable. Additionally, affiliation or support of Planned Parenthood by Catholics is a matter of serious scandal.”
The College of Saint Rose (NY) employs Ellen Cole, a visiting psychology professor who is a current board member for Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood—a fact that is fully disclosed on her C.V. on the College website. The Cardinal Newman Society first exposed the scandal in June 2012, citing an August 2011 press release that announced Cole as a board member. Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood advertises services including “In-clinic abortion (up to 14 weeks),” “Abortion pill (up to 9 weeks),” “Emergency contraception (EC) or the morning after pill,” and other artificial contraception. The C.V. also indicates that Cole was on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Alaska from 2003 to 2007.
Creighton University (NE) employs Samantha Senda-Cook, an assistant professor of communication studies, despite the fact that she previously volunteered for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America—which is disclosed on her C.V. on the University’s website.
Craig Klugman, the incoming chairman of health sciences at DePaul University (IL), has endorsed the services of the Planned Parenthood clinic where his mother once worked. “I always viewed my mom as doing important community health work for women who could not get services elsewhere because of finances, lack of education, or living in fearful relationships,” he wrote. He publicly defended Planned Parenthood’s disbursement of aborted fetal parts as “a legal and (debatably) ethical enterprise” with “the intent of saving lives and improving the quality of life.” Klugman’s blog was reposted by Georgetown University, with the caveat that the views on the website “do not necessarily represent” those of the Jesuit institution.
Georgetown University Law Center (DC) employs Zoe Segal-Reichlin, as adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center (DC)—but her full-time job is Associate General Counsel of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a fact that is brazenly highlighted in her Georgetown profile. The scandal was exposed in the Newman Society’s 2011 report on Planned Parenthood ties to Catholic colleges, but Georgetown’s website indicates that Segal-Reichlin continues to teach.
In 2014, Loyola Marymount University (CA) came under fire when it was revealed that the final two candidates61 for dean of its Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts had both previously worked with Planned Parenthood. Dr. Robbin Crabtree, 62, was hired by LMU from her position as dean of arts and sciences at Fairfield University (CT), despite her past service on the Advisory Board and Media Relations Committee for Planned Parenthood of Putnam County, Ind., according to her online C.V.63 (see page 64).
The other finalist for the dean position was Ramón A. Gutiérrez from the University of Chicago. On his C.V. under the banner of consultant, Gutiérrez listed “Planned Parenthood Federation of America, New York, New York (Hispanic attitudes toward sexuality).”
Santa Clara University (CA) lists Carol Mayer Marshall, on the advisory board of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, noting that she has served on “numerous Boards” including “local and State Planned Parenthood” and the pro-abortion “NARAL (Chair of Leadership Committee).” The University also notes that Marshall has been “Active in pro- choice Republican politics.”