Catholic School Caves: Student Allowed to Display Pro-Abortion Sticker and Remain at School

Catholic School Caves: Student Allowed to Display Pro-Abortion Sticker and Remain at School

A sophomore at an independent Catholic school in Greenwich, Connecticut, has been permitted to remain at her school and display her sticker that says, “I Stand with Planned Parenthood.”

“The school has reversed their earlier decision and is allowing Kate to leave the sticker on her laptop,” Tracy Murray, mother of Kate Murray, announced, according to Greenwich Time. “Kate has chosen to continue to display the sticker and is happy to remain a part of such a special community. We are moved by the outpouring of support by the alumnae and the community at large and are heartened by its encouragement of one young woman’s voice.”

Kate had originally been told she would have to remove her sticker in support of the abortion giant in order to remain a student at Sacred Heart.

However, in explaining the reversal of the decision, Sacred Heart Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes says the issue of Kate openly supporting the nation’s largest provider of abortions in a Catholic school was one of “freedom of expression.”

In an op-ed at the Stamford Advocate titled “Nurturing Freedom of Expression at Sacred Heart,” Hayes, also an alumna of the school, wrote Sacred Heart has been dealing with “such important issues as freedom of expression, diversity of thought and mutual respect” under intense media scrutiny.

“As it has been for generations, a major focus of our policies and actions is on protecting constructive dialogue and freedom of expression,” she added. “Stickers, banners and buttons will always play a role in our public discourse. But on the campus and in the classrooms of Sacred Heart Greenwich, we’ll continue to do our best to keep that role as unobtrusive as possible.”

Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport gave full support to the school’s original decision to have Kate leave the school if she did not remove the Planned Parenthood sticker.

“The Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion is almost universally understood, as is its consistent pro-life ethic, which defends the right to life of all those among us, particularly the most vulnerable in our society,” the diocese said in a statement last week. “As such the diocese fully supports the commitment of Head of School Pamela Hayes to affirm the Church’s teaching, while also recognizing and respecting the right of students to question and challenge as they grow in the learning process.”

According to Greenwich Time, however, the decision to have Kate remove the sticker or risk losing her place in the school “drew fierce backlash from alumnae of the school.”

More than 2,500 people also signed an online petition called, “I Stand With Kate Murray.”

The petition states, “Unless Kate is allowed her freedom of speech, all of my future donations that would have been allocated to Sacred Heart Greenwich will now and forever be donated to Planned Parenthood.”

“Some have misinterpreted our position as opposition to a specific organization or an attempt to shut down independent thinking on our campus.” Hayes wrote, defending the reversal of the original decision. “We would never dismiss a student for what she believes or a cause she supports and will not now,”

“I support Planned Parenthood and the the [sic] amazing and necessary women’s health services they provide,” said one Sacred Heart parent, Lesley King, in response to the news of the reversal. “And in addition I support a young woman’s right to have a strong opinion about any issue and express that with bumper stickers or slogans on clothing.”

Another parent who requested anonymity told Greenwich Time Kate should have removed her sticker immediately.

“It is a Catholic school so these are the values that they feel they want to embrace,” she said. “I think this is sad that this is happening.”

Kate’s situation drew the attention of national media – some of whom minimized the significance of the Planned Parenthood sticker in a Catholic school and referred to the original decision by the school as a “threat” to a student speaking her mind.

Kate also received support from departing Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, who tweeted to her, “Kate, Planned Parenthood is so proud to count you as a supporter. Keep fighting for what you believe in.”

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a formal investigation into Planned Parenthood in the wake of allegations that the abortion vendor has profited from harvesting the body parts of babies aborted in its clinics.

Planned Parenthood also recently condemned the U.S. House’s approval of a bill that would require abortionists to immediately provide emergency medical care to an infant born alive during an abortion.

The Diocese of Bridgeport did not immediately respond to Breitbart News’ request for comment on the school’s reversal of the decision.

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2 comments on “Catholic School Caves: Student Allowed to Display Pro-Abortion Sticker and Remain at School

  1. Catholic School Graduates Defend Student Under Fire for Promote Planned Parenthood

    MICAIAH BILGER – FEB 14, 2018
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    Parents and alumni are bashing a Catholic school in Connecticut this week for defending its beliefs about abortion and the sanctity of human life.
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    The Catholic Church is a clear and strong advocate against abortion and Planned Parenthood, the largest destroyer of unborn babies’ lives in America. So, it is bizarre that parents and alumni are so angry at Sacred Heart Greenwich school for teaching students to respect the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.
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    The school faced a wave of negative publicity earlier this month when sophomore Kate Murray said she was told to remove an “I stand with Planned Parenthood” sticker from her school laptop or not re-enroll next year. The school said it discourages students from displaying anything that supports or opposes “political candidates, positions or organizations.”
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    However, after a harsh backlash from alumni and negative media attention, the school said Murray could display the pro-abortion sticker.
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    Carbonated TV reports several former Sacred Heart students defended Murray and even met with school administrators to demand that she be allowed to support the abortion chain on school grounds.
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    Here’s more from the report:
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    Former student Megan McGrath confirmed that several alumnae went as far as meeting with administrators about the incident. According to the the current student’s mother, Tracy Murray, the pressure may have helped as the school has changed its mind, allowing the girl to remain enrolled. …
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    “This isn’t only about Planned Parenthood,” Charlotte Blutstein, a former student, said. “It’s about the hypocrisy of being taught that the school is an environment for open-minded discussion, encouraged to engage in debates about important issues, and then being punished for doing just that.”She added that she would increase her monthly donations to Planned Parenthood after this incident.
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    As it turned out, threatening a current student with expulsion did nothing but bring more attention to the causes she backs.

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    The Murrays contend that the sticker is not “vulgar” or “hurtful,” but, for many, support of the largest abortion business in America is extremely harmful. The abortion chain destroys about 320,000 unborn babies’ lives each year.
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    Planned Parenthood also lobbies against protections for viable, late-term unborn babies, unborn babies with disabilities, unborn babies capable of feeling pain and babies born alive after botched abortions.
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    It also has been caught in numerous scandals involving potential Medicaid fraud and failures to report suspected sex trafficking and sexual abuse of minors. And the U.S. Department of Justice is looking into whether Planned Parenthood illegally sold aborted baby body parts.
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    The Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport supported the school’s initial decision to tell Murray to remove the pro-abortion sticker.
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    And as a private school, it was within its right to do so, much in the same way that private colleges sometimes restrict or prohibit pro-life clubs on their campuses.
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    “The Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion is almost universally understood, as is its consistent pro-life ethic, which defends the right to life of all those among us, particularly the most vulnerable in our society,” the diocese said in a statement last week. “As such the diocese fully supports the commitment of Head of School Pamela Hayes to affirm the Church’s teaching, while also recognizing and respecting the right of students to question and challenge as they grow in the learning process.”
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    The outrage in Connecticut is entirely misplaced. What people should be outraged about is the heinous practices of the abortion industry, and the way it deceives young women.

  2. I won’t hold my breath awaiting any announcement of this subversive mother-daughter tag team’s pending excommunication.

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