No more celebration of Planned Parenthood at Saint Mary's College
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On October 29, 2015, there were nearly 2000 red flags on the Saint Mary’s College library green whose sole purpose was to show support and solidarity for Planned Parenthood – a company presently under the highest level of public and legal scrutiny for its parent role in the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives through abortion, in addition to the endangering of the lives of the respective mothers. There was no school club display in front of these flags; no club representative was standing nearby to take responsibility for them. There was no other logical way to perceive this exhibit than as a general endorsement from the college itself.
Saint Mary’s College can remain silent no more. This blatant and open display of support for Planned Parenthood runs contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and thereby, runs contrary to the mission of Saint Mary’s College – an educational institution inspired by the Holy Spirit, founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, loyal to Christ above all, and expected by its community to take pride in the religious convictions and sensibilities that it claims to cultivate and encourage among the student body through its liberal arts programs.
We call upon those who have the power to intervene, and therefore those who have the duty to intervene, to:
1. Prohibit any display supporting Planned Parenthood and any institution directly providing abortions.
2. Prohibit teaching faculty from taking part in distributing or encouraging the distribution of pro-abortion paraphernalia on campus grounds.
3. Make a formal and public statement showing support for the pro-life mission in the wake of not only this campus-wide display of support for Planned Parenthood but as a much needed and belated encouragement to the Saint Mary’s community to stand strong in the defense for all life from the moment of conception.
We, the students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Saint Mary’s College community, do hereby petition the College to honor its Catholic heritage, philosophy, and purpose, and uphold its mission statement. We expect Saint Mary’s to stand by its promise to promote “a life of intellectual vigor, aesthetic appreciation, religious sensibility, and social responsibility”, where “all members of the College remain faithful to this mission.” We hold accountable ALL members of this College, the silent ones as much as the vocal ones.
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