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Manufacturing Pro-Abortion Catholics

Well, this is not surprising, after yesterday’s discovery: now we learn that the Women’s Studies department at the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic college in St. Paul, encourages its students to engage in pro-abortion advocacy. There is not a single pro-life organization in their list of suggested places to seek an internship. Because they’ll likely take these things down after I post this, I’ve included screen shots taken just now:

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And I repeat: not a single pro-life organization on the list — this, even though for pro-life feminists, abortion is a feminist issue.

UPDATE: Here’s some good news — there’s a pro-life center at the university’s law school. Its director writes to me:

I direct the Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas.  We are an officially organized academic center dedicated to promoting legal protection for all innocent human life from the moment of fertilization until natural death.  You can find more information about the center at http://www.stthomas.edu/law/academics/prolifecenter/ as well as on our facebook page at Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas (MN)

While we are completely self-funding, as a recognized university center have free access to university facilities and support services.  This has allowed us to sponsor 5-6 public lectures each year on prolife topics on both the Saint Paul and Minneapolis campus.  The Center has developed two law school courses related to life issues and these courses are offered annually.  Through generous grants by Our Sunday Visitor we host a national conference on treatment of prolife perspectives in legal textbooks and published the results in the St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy.  Each year we host a program for high school students in which we present a mock appellate regarding the overruling of Roe v. Wade.  We work with students and other faculty to prepare and file amicus briefs in cases involving important legal principles governing abortion and euthanasia.

While I am deeply troubled by the choice of two university departments to post internships with organizations dedicated to expanding and protecting abortion, the University has had a policy since 1999 to know[sic; “not”?] provide academic credit for such activities.  I am hopeful that the new administration will maintain this position.

Please feel free to contact me if I can provide any additional information to you.

Good for them! May they prosper.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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