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Letter to Fr Sundborg, Seattle Univeristy 3.23.2011

Letter to Fr Sundborg, Seattle Univeristy 3.23.2011

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March 23, 2011Rev. Stephen V. Sundborg, SJPresidentSeattle University901 12th Ave.Seattle, WA 98122-1090Dear Father Sundborg,It has come to the attention of The Cardinal Newman Society and Students for Life of America²who are joinedby the Catholic and pro-life leaders listed below²that SeattleUniversity has many disturbing ties to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortionprovider in theUnited States. In addition, the University¶s website encourages student involvement in pro-abortion organizations that directly oppose Catholic teaching.The University refers students to Planned Parenthood for ³sexual health´ services, allowsand promotes student internships with Planned Parenthood, hires employees with past experiencewith Planned Parenthood and highlights that experience on the University¶s website, and honorsstudents for their past work with Planned Parenthood. Please see the enclosed summary of information that was gathered from public data on the Seattle University website.Trusting in your commitment to Catholic education and your concern for the dignity of all human life,
we urge you to sever any ties to pro-abortion organizations and to institutepolicies that would prevent further cooperation with such organizations, includingreferrals.We also urge you to institute policies that would prevent employment or any sort of honor for an individual who formerly worked or volunteered for Planned Parenthoodoranother pro-abortion organization and has not publicly disavowed such prior work.
With prayers for you and Seattle University, we are,Sincerely yours,Patrick J. Reilly, President Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director The Cardinal Newman Society Students for Life of AmericaJoined by (according to written endorsement):Austin RusePresidentCatholic Family and Human Rights Institute
Erik Whittington Fr. Frank PavoneDirector National Director Rock for Life Priests for LifeHelen Hull Hitchcock Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro-CarámbulaPresident Interim PresidentWomen for Faith & Family Human Life InternationalJason Jones Jennifer KimballPresident/ Executive Producer Director I am Whole Life/
Culture of Life FoundationJo Tolk John-Paul DeddensDirector Executive Director Human Life Alliance Students for Life of IllinoisLila Rose Marjorie Dannenfelser President Founder, PresidentLive Action Susan B. Anthony ListMike Sullivan Rev. Patrick MahoneyPresident Executive Director Catholics United for the Faith Christian Defense CoalitionPenny NanceChief Executive OfficeConcerned Women for America
eattle University and Abortion ± Website
ReferralsCounseling and Psychological Services points students to various resources for ³sexualhealth´ including Planned Parenthood¶s website.http://www.seattleu.edu/caps/inner.aspx?id=18966 The Women¶s Studies program encourages students to ³get involved´ with pro-abortiongroups including the Feminist Majority Foundation, Legal Momentum, and the NationalOrganization for Women.http://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/women/Default.aspx?id=1574 Student InternshipsPublic Affairs internships with Planned Parenthood of Western Washington.http://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/publicaffairs/default.aspx?id=26486 The School of Law¶s June 2006 issue of 
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also announces 2006 grants by thePublic Interest Law Foundation, based at Seattle University, which funds legal internships for Seattle University law students. The announcement states that a 2006 grant recipientinterned at Planned Parenthood of Washington.http://www.law.seattleu.edu/Documents/admission/newsletter/06june.pdf  The School of Law¶s Winter 2006-2007 issue of 
celebrates the work of the PublicInterest Law Foundation, citing its funding for a student internship at Planned Parenthood of Western Washington.http://www.law.seattleu.edu/Documents/news/publications/lawyer/Winter2006Lawyer.pdf  In May 2009, the School of Law¶s Center for Professional Development promoted a summer internship at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.http://www.law.seattleu.edu/Documents/career/newsletter/2009.05.29.pdf  Student HonorsThe School of Law website includes a 2009 news report on two students who were awardedfull-tuition Scholars for Justice Awards for their dedication to social justice, citing one of therecipients¶ former experience as a ³health care associate´ for Planned Parenthood inVermont.http://www.law.seattleu.edu/x6474.xml Each year Seattle University selects nine freshmen to serve as ³peer leaders´ and receivefour-year, full-tuition scholarships called the Sullivan Leadership Award. The University¶sprofile for recipient Hannah Rolston cites her membership in Planned Parenthood¶s PEER (Peer Education Encourages Responsibility) group, which promotes contraception among

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