It’s a clever strategy but offers no help in responding to the racial unrest at MU. Planned Parenthood is seeking to hijack recent events for its own purposes. Laura McQuade, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, wants the public to believe that an abortion rights agenda is at the heart of the campus protests: “Now is yet another opportunity to do the right thing and listen to the voices of the thousands of students, faculty, and community members who continue to speak out in defense of academic freedom and access to health care.”
The national leader of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, added her voice to the controversy proclaiming: “Butler, and the students and faculty who joined him, understand that issues of racial justice and access to health care – including safe, legal abortions – are interconnected and cannot be fought alone.”
This is a clever strategy based on falsehoods. First, the protests at MU have focused on racial justice concerns, not abortion rights. Second, abortion on demand does not represent access to health care, but just the opposite: the killing of unborn babies. Planned Parenthood is purposely muddying the waters and this will only complicate efforts to secure racial justice and healing.
If MU reverses course and gets back into the abortion business, the Missouri Catholic Conference will alert our network members and parishes. Missouri’s premier public university should not be aiding the abortion industry!