This post has been updated to reflect comments from Chato Hazelbaker, noting that handouts were ultimately allowed. Hazelbaker notes that the students were allowed to hold up defund Planned Parenthood signs, so they were allowed to ‘criticize’ Planned Parenthood, as the original title said they were not allowed to do.
Every year, Planned Parenthood aborts over 320,000 innocent preborn babies. The Catholic Church teaches that all human life has dignity and that abortion is a grave moral evil. Carroll College in Montana is a Catholic University.
Yet, despite all of this, they told the Students for Life group they were not allowed to criticize Planned Parenthood and were barred from holding the “Planned Parenthood Truth” tour on campus. Planned Parenthood Truth is the Spring 2019 campaign being hosted on campuses across the country. Students for Life is working to expose the unsanitary and unsafe conditions at Planned Parenthood, relying primarily on government inspection reports and mainstream news sources.
Chato Hazelbaker, the Vice-President of Enrollment and Marketing at Carroll College wrote to Students for Life leader Marko Prizmic, explaining the denial.
“President Cech approved the temporary Cemetery as a dignified remembrance of the unborn who died through abortions. He did not approve a active campaign against one or more organizations which support abortions. Next week’s focus is on student research and achievements through the SURF. Perhaps an approach for thoughtful dialogue on this topic might be more appropriate during the week of Roe v. Wade…NO banners, or signage, or handouts will be permitted regarding the #PlannedParentHoodTruth campaign. You are free to speak to folks about the campaign as you state, “When talking about abortion it is very likely that America’s largest abortion provider will be brought up.” Handouts were ultimately allowed at the table.
In an e-mail to Students for Life, Hazelbaker wrote, “Marko and the group just talked about the fact that they would be talking specifically about Planned Parenthood and that they would have handouts from your group and the national campaign. That information has already been included in their social media posts. We did ask that they limit some large banners.I think we have supported the group here and have them in a high visibility spot, and added some support with an event with the highest ranking folks at the college.”
The large banners are specifically the Planned Parenthood Truth tour banners that explain how Planned Parenthood is unsafe for women.
The group still put up their cross display and the president of the university stopped by the pink crosses, presumably to show how pro-life he is (just don’t say anything bad about the number one abortion vendor).
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America commented, “Christian universities should be playing a key role in abolishing abortion on their campuses and in their communities. There is a real problem when 25% of women who obtain abortions identify as Catholic and those in leadership at Catholic colleges won’t let students even speak out against those who commit the violence of abortion. To help those in crisis and end the violence of abortion, Catholic colleges should be open to the discussion about abortion, who commits it, and how Christians can serve those in crisis. We must lead on this issue, not shy away from it.”
Marko Prizmic, leader of the Students for Life group on campus added, “We hope that Carroll College continues to support the pro-life movement to help create the culture of life.”