Taxpayer-Funded University Partners With Planned Parenthood for Scholarship to Train Abortion Activists

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 14, 2018   |   5:24PM   |   New York, NY

The City University of New York is offering a new scholarship to train “reproductive justice” advocates with the abortion chain Planned Parenthood.

Campus Reform reports the Joan Malin Reproductive Justice Fellowship is a full-tuition scholarship backed by CUNY and Planned Parenthood, both of which receive hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars annually.

The graduate-level program includes an internship at Planned Parenthood to work on “sexual and reproductive justice,” or abortion advocacy. According to the fellowship description, the student will be taught to use “theoretical knowledge and practical skills in applying a sexual and reproductive justice (SRJ) lens to address disparities in sexual and reproductive health in New York City.”

When contacted by the conservative news site, college administrators proudly welcomed the pro-abortion scholarship.

According to the report:

The fellowship is offered through CUNY’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Barbara Aaron, the school’s spokeswoman, said the fellowship aligns with the school’s commitment to facilitating reproductive health care access.

“As one of the leading sexual and reproductive health care providers in the city, Planned Parenthood of NYC approached the school to propose this fellowship for this reason,” Aaron told Campus Reform.

When asked about the political nature of the fellowship, especially considering Planned Parenthood’s focus on abortion services, Aaron explained that the school agreed to partner with Planned Parenthood because it offers a “full-range of essential sexual and reproductive care to all who seek it.”

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This new abortion advocacy training scholarship almost certainly is funded by tax dollars. Taxpayers fund 60 percent of the CUNY senior colleges’ operating budgets, and Planned Parenthood receives about $500 million in federal funds a year for its programs.

Matt Lamb, spokesman for Students for Life of America, told the news outlet that the scholarship does not really promote justice.

“Justice is supposed to mean the equal treatment of all people; yet reproductive justice is nothing more than a code word for abortion, which says that we can end the life of a preborn child without regard to its rights,” Lamb said.

“This is why reproductive justice is such as misleading term—people want to believe they are supporting justice, but when justice means the deliberate killing of preborn babies, it is not really just,” he continued.

And, though abortion is not mentioned specifically, the killing of unborn babies will be a key focus of the advocacy training.

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in America, aborting approximately 320,000 unborn babies every year. Its most recent annual report showed a record income of $1.46 billion, with about half a billion dollars coming from taxpayers.

In the past decade, Planned Parenthood saw huge drops in patient numbers and actual health services, while performing more abortions and receiving more tax dollars.

It claims abortions are only 3 percent of what it does, but last year, its leaders called the suggestion of stopping abortions to focus on true health care “obscene and insulting.”