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A Jesuit university in California is facing backlash for hosting a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. Church Militant’s Nadia Hazimeh reveals what a student and alumna think about the school’s handling of the situation.
Multiple protest groups will be at Loyola Marymount University Friday, just prior to the pro-abortion event. An LMU Catholic group is holding a Rosary rally to counteract the celebration of the largest abortion mill in the United States. But the Catholics may be a little late to the party.
Will Donahue, president of the LMU California College Republicans chapter: “Pro-life students are maybe finally just waking up. But our conservative students have been raising these alarms for a very long time.”
The LMU chapter of California College Republicans is also protesting. President Will Donahue is the lead organizer.
Donahue: “We’ve watched our Catholic heritage go down the drain. This is by far one of the most heinous things this administration has done.”
LMU issued a statement Tuesday, claiming school organizations are “independently operating” and that “the fundraiser hosted by [LMU] Women in Politics is not a university-sponsored event.” Alumna Samantha Stephenson penned a letter Monday to university president Tim Snyder, asking him to change the recipient of the fundraiser’s proceeds.
Samantha Stephenson: “It’s sort of dubious that a group called Women in Politics would not be aware of Planned Parenthoods’ nefarious activities. … If you’re working for the dignity of women, Planned Parenthood does not advance the dignity of women.”
She does not think LMU’s excuse of freedom of speech is fair, since it’s not a speaking engagement. This is just a microcosm of how Catholic schools nationwide imitate their secular counterparts as bastions of leftism.
Students are disappointed in President Snyder. Donahue, now a senior, affirmed the school became very progressive and secular after Snyder took over in 2015. President Snyder has not responded to Church Militant’s request for comment.