Catholic college invites Planned Parenthood chapter president to give ‘women’s health’ speech

Loyola Marymount University remains embroiled in controversy over its ties to the nation's leading abortion provider.
Thu May 8, 2014 - 5:48 pm EST

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 8, 2014 ( – Fresh off of criticism for hiring a former media consultant for Planned Parenthood, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is bringing the president of the Los Angeles chapter of Planned Parenthood to speak to its students.

In an open letter to LMU president David Burcham, the website Renew LMU noted that Los Angeles Planned Parenthood president Sue Dunlap will be speaking to students on May 17. The topic of her presentation is “Education’s New Role in Women’s Health."

The presentation is one of a series students will sign up to hear. The Event Brite page says that LMU administrators "hope to not only showcase various ideas in our region, but also to motivate our community members to begin thinking outside the well-established confines of Creativity & Innovation, Politics & Policy, and Wellness & Environment."


The conference where Dunlap will speak at is sponsored by the LMU School of Education, which is chaired by Dean Shane Martin. Renew LMU noted that Martin headed up the search committee that recommended committed atheist and former Planned Parenthood adviser Robbin Crabtree. Crabtree was recently hired to head LMU's Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.

The website, which says it is dedicated to returning LMU to its Catholic roots, says that "LMU’s stated commitment to justice for the unborn and Roman Catholicism" means that "no platform should be given to the leader of an organization responsible for committing countless acts of injustice against children in utero."

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"Just as there should be no public and lasting link between LMU and an organization engaged in racist activities, so too there should be no public and lasting link between LMU and the largest provider of abortion in the United States,"the letter concluded, before asking Burcham to "immediately withdraw the invitation" to Dunlap.

A member of the LMU press team told LifeSiteNews that with commencement taking place on Saturday, the university would not be able to comment on Dunlap's presentation before this article was published.

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