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More Christian colleges have relationships with abortion providers

One in 10 Christian colleges maintains a relationship with Planned Parenthood or other abortion providers, a new study found. This support has increased by 10 percent since 2021

Students for Life of America’s Demetree Institute for Pro-Life Advancement recently assessed 767 colleges and universities affiliated with Christian churches in the United States as part of its Christian Schools Project. Seventy-six of the schools investigated had ties to Planned Parenthood or supported abortion.

“It’s disappointing to see so many faith-affiliated institutions fail to teach the students about the irreplaceable value of every life, born and preborn,” the group’s president, Kristan Hawkins says. “Cultural change needs to begin with the church and with those who say they are dedicated to teaching enduring values.”

The U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade in June 2022 appears to have forced those who once considered themselves “in the middle” on the issue to take a stance, the researchers note.

“Thus, 2022 also became a decision year for Christian schools: to apply or not to apply God’s truth on the value of life,” the report said. “In 2021, the conclusion of our Christian school outreach found 69 schools in total having infractions by the end of that year. However, following the Dobbs decision in 2022, schools with infractions skyrocketed back up to 76 in total throughout the following year, increasing by nearly 10 percent.”

The study cited Oklahoma City University, a Methodist campus, as promoting Planned Parenthood on its website five times as a health and wellness resource.

“Not only should Christian schools like OCU avoid referring students to Planned Parenthood due to the organization’s defiance of biblical principles, but there is no actual need for Planned Parenthood to be listed in the first place,” the report said. “A quick search on the StandingWithYou.org resource directory shows that more than ten life-affirming resources exist within Oklahoma City, offering not only the same services as Planned Parenthood (without selling abortions) but many additional for low to no cost.”

According to the report, since the 2021 study, eight Christian schools removed ties to the abortion industry after initial contact with researchers. It also states “42 Christian schools have also made life-affirming improvements since the conclusion of the 2021 study.”

Here are the D and F schools and the A+ schools.

“D” Grade Infraction Schools Christian schools with three infractions.

1. Agnes Scott College (GA), Presbyterian Church

2. Albright College (PA), United Methodist

3. Birmingham-Southern College (AL), Methodist

4. Central College (IA), Reformed Church in America

5. Cornell College (IA), United Methodist

6. Dillard University (LA), United Methodist/United Church of Christ

7. Drury University (MO), Churches of Christ (United)

8. Gettysburg College (PA), Evangelical Lutheran

9. Hamline University (MN), United Methodist

10. Moravian University (PA), Moravian

11. Ohio Wesleyan University (OH), United Methodist

12. Santa Clara University (CA), Jesuit Catholic

13. Southwestern University (TX), United Methodist

14. Wesleyan College (GA), Methodist

15. Whitworth University (WA), Presbyterian Church

“F” Grade Infraction Schools Christian schools with four or more infractions.

1. American University (DC), Methodist

2. Augsburg University (MN), Lutheran

3. Carroll University (WI), Presbyterian Church

4. Davidson College (NC), Presbyterian Church

5. Drew University (NJ), United Methodist

6. Duke University (NC), United Methodist

7. Emory University (GA), Methodist 16

8. Macalester College (MN), Presbyterian Church

9. Muhlenberg College (PA), Lutheran

10. Oklahoma City University (OK), United Methodist

11. Rhodes College (TN), Presbyterian Church

12. Roanoke College (VA), Lutheran

13. Southern Methodist University Grad school (TX), United Methodist

14. St. Olaf College (MN), Lutheran

15. Virginia Wesleyan University (VA), United Methodist

16. Wittenberg University (OH), Lutheran

Non-Infraction Schools “A+” Grade Christian Schools

Christian schools promoting nonviolent abortion alternatives (such as local pregnancy help centers) while simultaneously not promoting Planned Parenthood or abortion services received an A+ grade.

1. Abilene Christian University (TX), Churches of Christ

2. Allegheny Wesleyan College (OH), Wesleyan

3. Aquinas College (MI), Catholic

4. Arizona Christian University (AZ), Baptist

5. Benedictine College (KS), Catholic

6. Bloomfield College (NJ), Presbyterian Church

7. Bluefield University (VA), Baptist

8. Brescia University (KY), Catholic

9. Cedarville University (OH), Presbyterian

10. Concordia University – Wisconsin (WI), Lutheran

11. Corban University (OR), Baptist

12. Cornerstone University (MI), Reformed Christian

13. East Texas Baptist University (TX), Baptist

14. Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (LA), Catholic

15. Grace Christian University (MI), Evangelical

16. Hillsdale College (MI), non-denominational

17. Howard Payne University (TX), Baptist

18. John Brown University (AR), Interdenominational

19. Liberty University (VA), Evangelical

20. Marywood University (PA), Catholic

21. Morningside University (IA), Methodist

22. Northwest Nazarene University (ID), Church of the Nazarene

23. Ohio Northern University (OH), United Methodist

24. Pepperdine University (CA), Churches of Christ

25. Point Loma Nazarene University (CA), Church of the Nazarene

26. Providence College (RI), Catholic

27. SUM Bible College & Theological Seminary (CA), Pentecostal 17

28. Spartanburg Methodist College (SC), United Methodist

29. St. Joseph’s College of Maine (ME), Catholic

30. St. Louis University (MO), Catholic

31. St. Mary’s College (IN), Catholic

32. St. Norbert’s College (WI), Catholic

33. St. Vincent College (PA), Catholic

34. The Catholic University of America (DC), Catholic

35. Thomas More University (KY), Catholic

36. Truett McConnell University (GA), Baptist

37. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX), Baptist

38. University of Notre Dame du Lac (IN), Catholic

39. University of Pikeville (KY), Presbyterian

40. University of San Francisco (CA), Catholic

41. University of St. Francis (IN), Catholic

42. Wayland Baptist University (TX), Baptist

43. Wheaton College (IL), Evangelical Christianity

44. Wofford College (SC), Methodist

–Alan Goforth | MV


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