(LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life students at the Jesuit-run Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in California say they will protest on Friday against the administration’s decision to allow a Planned Parenthood fundraiser to proceed on campus.
The chairman of LMU’s College Republicans William Donahue told LifeSiteNews that the administration at the Jesuit university “don’t really care” that Catholic students and alumni are frustrated with their decision to allow the feminist LMU Women in Politics group run a Planned Parenthood fundraiser on campus.
“(President) Snyder is aware that the pro-life alumni and Catholic communities on campus are frustrated with the university’s allowance of the fundraiser to happen, but they don’t really care, and they’re letting the event go forward anyways,” Donahue said.
Donahue, who is also chairman of California College Republicans, said LMU’s decision to give Planned Parenthood a free space on campus is “an in-kind donation to the nation’s leading abortion provider.”
“You can imagine why the Catholics on campus would be pretty outraged,” he stated.
Catholics at LMU are also being let down in other ways by the administration, according to Donahue, with crucifixes missing from classrooms, Critical Race Theory being implemented, all-black study spaces re-segregating students, and a Muslim appointed as chair of the theology department.
“Since he (President Synder) has taken over, we’ve started implementing Critical Race Theory, you know… We’ve got mandatory diversity classes right now that literally shove Critical Race Theory down our throats,” Donahue said.
Students at LMU will hold a protest on campus this Friday at 6:30pm to try and stop the Planned Parenthood fundraiser from proceeding at the Jesuit university. This is an opportunity Donahue says Catholic and pro-life students should use to their advantage.
“LMU is completely going against their Catholic mission by allowing this fundraiser on campus – if we want to stop these secular, progressive Left advances we’re going to need to put up a fight at some point, and this was the best opportunity we thought we could do so,” Donahue declared.
An official campus group of Loyola Marymount University (LMU), the Women in Politics group, is scheduled to host a fundraising event on behalf of Planned Parenthood THIS COMING FRIDAY, November 5th, 2021.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which calls on LMU's president, Dr. Timothy Snyder, to cancel the event.
This decision should not be too hard to make.
As most people know, Planned Parenthood kills more unborn babies by abortion than any other organization in the United States - more than 330,000 per year (latest stats, 2017).
So, by giving Planned Parenthood space on the university's campus for a fundraiser, Loyola Marymount University would be tacitly endorsing the abortion behemoth, to students, alumni, staff, and the general public.
But, Planned Parenthood must be opposed, not endorsed!
And, it's not only we who are saying this, but the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Indeed, the USCCB has produced an excellent, updated (2019) fact-sheet on Planned Parenthood.
The headings of the bishops' fact-sheet, which are reproduced below, explain exactly why Planned Parenthood must be opposed by all Catholics and people of good will:
- 1. PPFA is the largest abortion provider in the U.S.
- 2. Every Planned Parenthood affiliate must perform abortions.
- 3. Planned Parenthood provides 28 times more abortions than birth-oriented services.
- 4. Planned Parenthood promotes risky RU-486 abortions that have killed young women.
- 5. Planned Parenthood fights even modest laws to reduce or regulate abortions.
- 6. Planned Parenthood doesn't believe in a “right to choose” against abortion.
- 7. Planned Parenthood is not “pro-choice” for women.
- 8. Planned Parenthood’s role in serving women’s health is compromised at best, and is better taken over by others.
- 9. “Nonprofit” Planned Parenthood reaps enormous revenues, including tax revenues.
- 10. Even as Planned Parenthood’s government funding has increased, the number of medical services it provides has decreased—but not abortions.
- 11. Planned Parenthood promotes risky “emergency contraception” to minors.
- 12. Planned Parenthood has promoted abortions worldwide, even where it is illegal.
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In the context of a "fundraiser," number 9 on the bishops' list must be given special attention. To reiterate: “Nonprofit” Planned Parenthood reaps enormous revenues, including tax revenues (i.e., taxpayer dollars).
LMU proclaims itself to be "institutionally committed to Roman Catholicism," which is totally opposed to abortion and the promotion of abortion. And, LMU also claims that one pillar of its mission is to be at "the service of faith and the promotion of justice," which, again, is diametrically opposed to abortion and the promotion of abortion. [See the university's website below to read more.]
Therefore, LMU President, Timothy Snyder, should be encouraged to do the right thing and cancel this event which is an affront to the Church and to genuine justice.
It is clear that by allowing a fundraiser for the United States' largest abortion franchise to take place on campus, LMU would not only be causing grave scandal to its students, alumni, staff and the general public, but the university would also be going against its own principles.
Finally, it must be noted, here, that about two years ago, the president of another Jesuit-run university (Seattle University), Fr. Stephen Sundborg, SJ, had references to Planned Parenthood removed from his school's health website.
We now call on President Snyder to emulate Fr. Sundborg by canceling the scheduled Planned Parenthood fundraiser.
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After signing, please take a few minutes to call Loyola Marymount to politely, but firmly, voice your opposition to the university hosting a Planned Parenthood fundraiser on campus. Thank you!
The best number for President Snyder's office is: (310) 338-2775
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Catholic university under fire for plans to host Planned Parenthood fundraiser' - https://www.liveaction.org/news/catholic-university-planned-parenthood-fundraiser/
LMU's Mission webpage: https://www.lmu.edu/about/mission/
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“I’m hoping that the school finally recognizes that there’s an opposition on campus, that the … people that have a voice aren’t [only] the loud progressive Leftists that are yelling in their ears all the time,” he added.
The student-leader said that by raising the issue with the media he hopes the university will realize it can maintain its Catholic heritage, “and not be scared of your entire student population, you know, attacking you.”
“Because the alternative is they’re going to find the alumni won’t stand for this,” Donahue warned.
“There are way too many Catholic donors out there that if they find out that LMU is allowing stuff like this, they’re just going to stop donating.”
“The best way to make the school change their policies is to hit them in their pocketbook,” he concluded.
LifeSiteNews has launched a petition calling on President Snyder to cancel the Planned Parenthood fundraiser. The petition has collected more than 13,000 signatories and will be delivered to LMU tomorrow.
To make your opposition to the Planned Parenthood fundraiser known, kindly contact President Timothy Snyder by calling (310) 338-2775 or email [email protected]