Despite their Christian mission, many colleges and universities promote the nation’s largest abortion chain as a resource to their students.
A new investigation by Students for Life of America found 103 Christian colleges and universities in the U.S. have connections to Planned Parenthood. Most promote the abortion chain as a health resource or internship opportunity for students.
According to Students for Life, the purpose of its exposé is to encourage schools to drop their ties to Planned Parenthood, which aborts unborn babies in violation of the Christian faith.
The College Fix reports the pro-life organization contacted the schools twice to inform them of its findings before publishing the investigation in December. Of the 103, 34 responded positively and agreed to stop recommending the abortion chain to students.
However, 69 still are promoting the nation’s largest abortion chain in contradiction to their Christian mission.
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“Now we are enlisting the public’s help to address the remaining 69 schools,” Students for Life spokeswoman Lauren Enriquez told The Fix. “As an organization on more than 1,250 campuses in all 50 states, we are going to keep going back until we have built a culture of life on campuses nationwide.”
Promotion of the abortion chain remains a problem especially among Lutheran, Presbyterian and Methodist schools, the investigation found. In contrast, Catholic schools were the ones “most likely to cut ties with Planned Parenthood once the problem is flagged.”
The Fix contacted Emory University, Macalester College and Rhodes College, three schools with some of the worst records of promoting the abortion chain, according to the investigation, but none responded.
The National Catholic Register also identified seven Catholic schools in the investigation that still list Planned Parenthood as a resource on their websites or encourage students to seek internships there: St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Sacred Heart University of Connecticut, The College of St. John Fisher in New York, Marymount University in Virginia, The College of St. Rose in New York, St. Joseph’s University of Pennsylvania and Felician University in New Jersey. None of the schools returned the newspaper’s request for comments.
Some of the promotions of the abortion chain go beyond just a link on school websites. St. John Fisher College of New York, for example, welcomed Planned Parenthood staff to participate in a 2019 career event on campus, and Marymount University recommends the abortion chain as a resource for several of its web design and social media classes, according to the Register.
Enriquez told the Register that they hope these findings will get the attention of students, parents, alumni and donors. Pro-lifers “need to be aware” when a school has ties to abortion, she said.
Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar abortion chain that aborts more unborn babies than any other group in the U.S. Its most recent annual report listed more than 354,000 abortions, or about 40 percent of all abortions in the U.S. that year. Its recent annual reports also show billion-dollar revenues, including hundreds of millions of tax dollars.