In Illinois, Planned Parenthood is offering Wheaton College students a 50% discount for “preventative services” at their facilities. This is unbelievable because Wheaton is a Christian college that opposes abortion and abortifacient drugs.
In fact, they filed a lawsuit against Obamacare in 2012, joining other religious institutions, such as East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, Belmont Abbey College, Colorado Christian University and Ave Maria University, that did not want to provide abortion-inducing drugs to their employees.
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In their lawsuit, they said the following: Wheaton College is an explicitly Christian liberal arts college and graduate school with a deep commitment to do all things “For Christ and His Kingdom.” A pervasively Christian institution, Wheaton’s students, faculty, and staff affirm “the God-given worth of human beings, from conception to death. The institution’s religious convictions prevent it from providing its employees with access to abortion-causing drugs that can harm human life. Wheaton College is now fighting for the right to carry out its Christian mission free from government coercion.”
They concluded, “We cannot abandon our Christian beliefs simply because the government refuses to recognize that Wheaton is a religious institution,” said Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College. “The government has exempted plans covering millions of people from this mandate—we believe it should exempt Wheaton too.”
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Then, in July, Wheaton said they would no longer be offering student health care plans because that would force them into providing abortion drugs. Live Action News reports that Wheaton hoped they would still be able to provide healthcare to students but was forced into their decision by Obamacare mandates.
While most Evangelicals are not opposed to all contraceptives, many tend to oppose methods that cause abortions by preventing the baby from implanting. As the Chicago Tribune notes: [M]ethods such as intrauterine devices and FDA-approved morning-after pills that prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus would violate Wheaton’s religious principles because some evangelical Christians equate those processes to abortion.
What the news reports don’t say is that in the area where Wheaton is located (near Chicago), numerous low-cost health care clinics exist to serve the students. As Live Action reported recently, federally qualified health care clinics number over 9,000 across the nation, compared to Planned Parenthood’s mere 665.
Of course, Planned Parenthood knows it is not the only option for Christian college students – or for anyone. Yet, the abortion giant sees Wheaton as a prime pimping ground for women who may be in need of health care. (Many of these college students are likely still on their parents’ health insurance plans, however, also because of an ObamaCare regulation.)
It probably doesn’t hurt that Planned Parenthood knows Wheaton leaders oppose them. The abortion giant is not exactly classy. Planned Parenthood also knows that the other local health care clinics are not raking in the tax dollars at the rate PP is and, therefore, do not have the same money to advertise to these women.
Thankfully, Wheaton – dubbed by some in academia as the “Christian Harvard” –has bright students keen on critical thinking who are, no doubt, smarter than Planned Parenthood and understand the rhetorical manipulation of the abortion profiteer.
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— Planned Parenthood (@PPIAction) September 2, 2015