Also says that the college is purely secular; school spokeswoman does not challenge his assertion.
ALBANY, NY and FREDERICKSBURG, VA (9-26-19)–
The College of St. Rose calls itself Catholic, but actions by the school and school staff are bringing into question the Catholic identity of the college.
Kate Maloney, the Northeast Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America e-mailed university librarian Jay Kibby on September 5, 2019 asking him to remove Planned Parenthood as a resource on the library’s website, and suggested three non-abortion providing alternatives.
Kibby wrote back, saying, “We support freedom of choice in reproductive health care for our students. I will be updating the links later in the semester and will review all local resources for inclusion. I thank you for your suggestions of sites to add and will certainly review them at that time. At first glance, they seem to fit well, so their chances of inclusion are good. Providing more options for students is something I am always interested in. I will not, however, remove Planned Parenthood from our site.”
Maloney pushed back and asked if that was his personal statement or the position of the school, to which Kibby replied, “Providing resources for reproductive health is something I do in my professional capacity as an academic librarian. I don’t know that the College has any official policy regarding this – being a purely secular institution, I doubt that we do – but my role is to provide resources to all students regardless of what form of health care they choose. Abortion is health care, so I would not be doing my job by restricting resources to exclude this procedure.”
When asked for clarification, the college’s spokeswoman Jennifer Gish told Students for Life of America, “Mr. Kibby offered his personal opinion on these matters/subjects, as he does not speak on behalf of The College of Saint Rose. The College, which is a private independent college, does not have an official position on this topic.” A follow-up e-mail on whether or not the university would remove the resource as well as why a Catholic university is promoting abortion was left unanswered.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, criticized the school saying, “Catholic universities should not be promoting abortion nor Planned Parenthood. Catholic universities should be promoting respect for all human life.”
You can read more about how Seattle University, a Catholic university, recently said they would take Planned Parenthood off its website here.
You can read Matt Lamb’s op-ed on the unique mission of Catholic universities here.