A Victory for the Christian Schools Project: University of Dubuque in Iowa

Caroline Wharton - 12 Aug 2022

Over the course of four years, Students for Life of America’s (SFLA) Demetree Institute for Pro-Life Advancement has conducted extensive research and rated 784 Christian schools across the country to identify any ties between these Christian institutions to the nation’s largest abortion vendor: Planned Parenthood.   

Throughout SFLA’s Christian Schools project, 40 Christian colleges and universities — which amounted to about one in four of the schools which had been affiliated with the abortion vendor — broke ties with Planned Parenthood. This number includes six additional victories which were achieved after our December 8, 2021, Christian Schools Project publication date. The University of Dubuque, a Presbyterian higher education institution in Iowa, is one of those six schools.   

(To read our full research findings, click HERE.)   

University of Dubuque in Iowa

Dubuque was initially given a grade B for the promotion of Planned Parenthood as a resource for Gender Health Concerns for their students. Per the Christian School’s Project grading system, Christian schools with one infraction were considered to be “in a relationship” with Planned Parenthood and received a B grade as a result.

However, while doing post-publication research on the Christian schools that were found to be in a relationship with Planned Parenthood, SFLA Demetree Institute for Pro-Life Advancement researchers found on May 26, 2022, searches for ‘Planned Parenthood’ no longer bore valid search results on the university’s website. Due to this change in affiliation with Planned Parenthood, University of Dubuque’s rating has been updated to an A-grade Christian school. Christian schools with an A-grade rating mean they are not promoting Planned Parenthood or abortion in any way.  

University of Dubuque in Iowa

As the purpose of the Christian Schools Project was to call all Christian colleges and universities back to the biblical value of affirming life from conception to natural death, SFLA applauds the University of Dubuque’s efforts to kick Planned Parenthood off their campus. We hope to see the other 63 Christian colleges and universities who still hold to their relationship with Planned Parenthood follow suit; it’s never too late to break ties with the abortion vendor.  

In addition, we also encourage the University of Dubuque to not stop at their A-grade rating but instead push forward to an A+ rating. Christian schools with an A+ rating mean that they are not promoting Planned Parenthood or abortion in any way and are also promoting life-affirming resources for their students. We hope to see this university promoting SFLA’s own Standing With You initiative which helps pregnant, parenting, and post-abortive students.  

To read more about and take action on the Christian Schools Project click HERE.   

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