Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Whitworth Has Ties To Planned Parenthood--Students Unhappy

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James Silberman, a student at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and vice president of the "Students for Life" organization on campus, has contacted me regarding the relationship between Whitworth and Planned Parenthood.

His email to our office said this: "I am a student at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. I recently discovered that the school had a 'community partnership' with Planned Parenthood. I wrote an article about the inappropriateness of such a partnership on the part of a private, Christian university in the campus publication. I thought you might be interested in covering the story."

Well, we are interested in covering the story.

Heads up students, parents and grandparents. And all Christians who support Christian education.

Earlier this year I wrote about a similar situation at Texas Christian University, however, this surprised me. It is not the image I have had of Whitworth over the years.

Silberman has been in contact with "Students for Life," a national student pro-life organization and Katie Lodjic with "Students" has reported nationally that indeed there is a relationship between the college and the abortion behemoth.

Whitworth is a private college in Spokane, founded in 1890 and is affiliated with the Presbyterian denomination.

One News Now reports that Whitworth was ranked third by US News and World Report for 2016 among regional universities in the West.

Lodjic says Whitworth is offering accredited internships at Planned Parenthood, as Texas Christian U. does.

There's more: She says Whitworth also sponsored a community fetal research event related to Planned Parenthood.

"During the event," she says, "they highlighted the upside of abortion as donating body parts."

She says the discussion at the event inevitably "veered toward the Planned Parenthood scandal, but students were assured the undercover videos from pro-life activist David Daleiden were 'highly edited and therefore discredited'."

Whitworth's published mission is to equip their graduates to honor God and Christ and to serve humanity.

Lodjic says, "By partnering with Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, they are not equipping their graduates to be Christians and follow Christ."

I agree.

Silberman, who contacted us, has been demanding Whitworth cut ties with Planned Parenthood.

He wrote this article in the "Whitworthian," the campus newspaper.

He says it has become clear that there are numerous ways in which Whitworth and PP are linked.

According to students who have taken "Intro to Women's and Gender Studies (WGS 201), Planned Parenthood is portrayed in a positive light, including in the textbook used for the class.

He says: "In a WSG 201 textbook, 'Women's Voices Feminists Visions', there's a section devoted to abortion. There's an essay from 'Ms. Magazine' in the book called 'The Anti-Abortion Clinic Across The Street', which depicts pro-life people as violent misogynists. The hatred Kathryn Joyce, the author of the essay, feels toward pro-life individuals is palpable."

He says, "The most egregious example is on page 310 where the book claims that women who have an abortion before age 21 fare better in life than those who don't. This willful blindness to the realities of abortion in a university textbook is astonishing."

He refers to the findings of a study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research by researchers at Bowling Green University that actually found causation between abortion and a host of mental disorders.

All this is "carefully hidden from students by the abortion industry and university textbooks because," Silberman says, "for many Progressives, pushing the agenda of the sexual agenda of the sexual revolution is more important than intelligent honesty or the well-being of women."

Whitworth also has on walls around the campus, flyer cards referring pregnant women to Planned Parenthood.

To be fair, the school also has a crises pregnancy center on the card---but would a Christian family who sends their child to Whitworth expect Planned Parenthood to have equal billing?

Jim Silberman gives a rather long, in-depth review of Planned Parenthood's history and founding by self-described eugenicist Margaret Sanger, who advocated for population control among groups of people whom she deemed "undesirable"---in Hillary's world they are the "deplorables."

Sanger focused on the black communities.

Silberman is calling for Whitworth to cut all ties with Planned Parenthood. And he's very specific how that should happen:

  1. Remove Planned Parenthood from your list of volunteer community partners and do not allow Planned Parenthood to recruit student volunteers and interns on campus in the future.
  2. Remove Planned Parenthood cards from campus walls.
  3. Review the textbooks being used in classrooms. Discuss the content and accuracy of the claims being made in reference to abortion and consider getting new books.
  4. Publicly condemn the bloodshed that goes on inside Planned Parenthood.
  5. Be part of the solution. Develop a community partnership with I-Choice, a crises pregnancy center just a few miles away on North Ash.

He says, "The only mitigating factor of my distaste towards the actions of the school in regard to Planned Parenthood and abortion is the fact that I know this isn't just a Whitworth problem."

He is calling on his generation to be the "Pro-Life Generation" and "put a stop to this."

The article ends with this:

Proverbs 24: 11-13. "Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those who are staggering toward slaughter. If you say, 'But we knew nothing about this,' does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?"

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Proactive. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.