Loyola University-Chicago, a Jesuit Catholic university on the North Side of Chicago, wants students to know where they can get birth control, such as IUDs, but also where they can get sterilized.
The university sends out to students on a regular basis a Student Health 101 newsletter written by an outside group. One newsletter informed students about sterilization, saying, “Both male and females can undergo procedures to ensure permanent sterility. The male sterilization procedure, a vasectomy, is performed in an office setting with local anesthesia. Bilateral tubal ligation is the female sterilization procedure commonly referred to as “tying the tubes.” They also promoted hormonal contraception.
For Catholics, contraception goes against Church teaching. But even if you are not Catholic, hormonal contraception presents a dilemma for pro-lifers, since hormonal contraception can act as an abortifacient, by preventing implantation of a zygote (now called a fertilized egg to confuse you).
The university also came under fire for having an unofficial student group that performed mock abortions on papaya.
Of course this is not the first time we have heard of a Catholic university promoting pro-choice beliefs. Students at Georgetown University recently hosted abortionist Willie Parker, who claims to have insights into a form of Christianity that supports third-trimester abortions.
Some other highlights, via lifenews.com, include:
- “In 2016, DePaul University in Chicago, refused to allow students to hang up pro-life posters with the words “Unborn Lives Matter” on campus, because it said the language could “provoke” other students.”
- “Catholics also questioned Fordham University in New York for hosting a series of workshops with a pro-euthanasia group. In contrast, Catholic pro-life advocate Patty Knap said she could not find a single workshop at the university that presented the Catholic perspective on euthanasia and assisted suicide.”
Catholic universities should be beacons of pro-life thought and creating a pro-life society. They should not be promoting a culture that degrades life.