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Edgewood College Students Protest Removal of Planned Parenthood Links from School Website

Edgewood College Students Protest Removal of Planned Parenthood Links from School Website

“It was a feeling of disappointment”

Do these students think no one will be able to find information on Planned Parenthood unless it’s on the school website?

Isthmus News reports:

Edgewood College students protest removal of Planned Parenthood links

Ellie Olbinski just wanted some answers.

She and dozens of other Edgewood College students crowded into an auditorium on Friday afternoon, waiting to hear from the school’s interim president, Mary Ellen Gevelinger, about why the administration caved to pressure from a conservative group and removed information about Planned Parenthood from the college’s website.

But Olbinski didn’t get any answers today. At the last minute, Heather Harbach, vice president for student development, told the students that Gevelinger had agreed to meet only with students and faculty — not presumably, reporters, who had been invited by students to attend the meeting. Harbach said a smaller meeting with just students would be rescheduled.

“Are you kidding me?” one student yelled, as others began chanting “shame.”

About 50 students then marched to the president’s office, but Gevelinger wasn’t there. They then walked to Monroe Street and picketed on the sidewalk across from the college, sometimes chanting for Gevelinger to resign.

“It was a feeling of disappointment,” says Olbinski, president of the college’s Women Empowerment club. “It’s not just that they did those actions. They also won’t take responsibility to speak to the students or recognize the students who are having a problem with it.” …

Several students interviewed by Isthmus said they had no idea the change was in the works and were angry that they weren’t consulted about it.


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For more context on why promoting PP on the website might be newsworthy, Edgewood is a Catholic college.

Not that it much matters since the designation can be very nebulous but Edgewood is not on the list of recognized Catholic Colleges who adhere to doctorine on the Catholic Bishop’s website.

The problem really is there are a lot of poorly formed Catholics. They believe that because they were baptized as infants, took first communion in the first grade and were confirmed in middle school (as was the case for up to 20 years ago, it’s older now, in high school, minimum age 15) that they are ‘Catholic’ even though they do not believe any doctrine taught by the church and only go to Mass on Easter and Christmas. They are Catholic by ‘tradition’ not by belief. Those are the ones that would not find a problem with Planned Parenthood.

Are they that uneducated that they can’t look for a local planned butcherhood on the Internet, or are they just lazy?

If Ellie Olbinski is so strongly pro-abortion, what in the world is she doing attending a Catholic college?

    herm2416 in reply to bw222. | December 10, 2019 at 2:43 am

    The same could be said of many “Catholic” colleges. Georgetown, Notre Dame, etc.

      kyrrat in reply to herm2416. | December 10, 2019 at 5:35 pm

      A key way to find if a Catholic University is actually still teaching in accord with Catholic teaching is the wording in their ‘about’. If they reference a Catholic ‘tradition’ they are probably not recognized by the Council of Bishops as teaching in accord. Tradition being their code word for ‘yeah we used to be Catholic, we still like to call ourselves that but no one believes we actually teach in accord withe Catholic beliefs anymore.’

      For example: University of Dallas, recognized by the UCCB. “Opened in 1956 through the stimulus of the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur and a group of dedicated lay people in partnership with the Diocese of Dallas, the University of Dallas is a Catholic institution welcoming students of all faiths. ”

      Edgewood: Sponsored by the Sinsinawa Dominicans, Edgewood College is a community of learners that affirms both its Catholic heritage and its respect for other religious traditions.

      Note that Edgewood acknowledges its foundations but never calls itself Catholic, or says that it teaches as a Catholic institution.

      Yes, it would easier if the schools would simply admit we are independent colleges now although founded as religious but that would cut out a segment of students who search for religious foundations in colleges so they prefer to hide their identities behind screens until the student is on the campus and enrolled.