Two panelists invited to attend an ethics conference at Carroll College next week have been removed from the list of participants, one of them — a representative of Planned Parenthood — by the school’s president.
Carroll College President Tom Trebon withdrew the school’s invitation to Sarah Fredrickson of Planned Parenthood of Montana last week, saying the college was fundamentally opposed to the health-care provider’s practices, which include abortion and birth control.
Trebon said Thursday he discussed the issue at length with members of Carroll’s faculty, staff, board members, and various community members before reaching his decision. He then met personally with Fredrickson and asked her to withdraw from the seminar.
"Planned Parenthood’s stance on certain issues, including abortion and reproductive rights, violate Carroll College’s mission as a Diocesan Catholic college," Trebon said Thursday. "I believe the presence of a representative of Planned Parenthood on a panel at a public gathering on campus would violate the college’s mission, mission statement, and commitment to Catholic values and ideals."
The school’s decision to withdraw Fredrickson’s invitation has been decried by some faculty members as censorship and an attempt to silence a controversial debate. E-mails circulating this week noted that a college should provide a platform to discuss societal issues no matter how contentious. Some feared Carroll’s reputation would suffer as a result of its decision. [Source]
The common dodge is invoked about censorship, though you can be sure that a panel discussing racism would balk at the idea of bringing the KKK in. As for Carroll’s reputation suffering, it would suffer worse in my opinion for allowing someone from Planned Parenthood to be involved. For them contentious issues are in the eye of the beholder and are acceptable just as long as it isn’t a subject they hold as contentious. After all it wasn’t some right wing censorship zealots that invented free speech zones on campuses.
Jensen said that Planned Parenthood promotes and provides women’s health care and family planning. The organization saw 21,000 patients last year in Helena, many of them living at the poverty level, Jensen said.
"We do so many wonderful things for so many people," Jensen said. "Carroll is an academic institution where all sides of an issue should be openly discussed. It’s unfortunate we’re not being included."
Oh isn’t abortion just so wonderful. The intentional murder of a human being just shouts out wonderfulness. The conference is called "Living Life at Death’s Doorway," and so many of death’s doorways lead to abortion clinics.