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Seattle, WA 98122-1090 Dear 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 Seattle University has many disturbing ties to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortionprovider in the United States. In addition, the University¶s website encourages student involvement in proabortion organizations that directly oppose Catholic teaching. The University refers students to Planned Parenthood for ³sexual health´ services, allows and promotes student internships with Planned Parenthood, hires employees with past experience with Planned Parenthood and highlights that experience on the University¶s website, and honors students 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 institute policies that would prevent further cooperation with such organizations, including referrals. 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 Parenthood oranother 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 The Cardinal Newman Society Joined by (according to written endorsement): Austin Ruse President Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director Students for Life of America
Erik Whittington Director Rock for Life Helen Hull Hitchcock President Women for Faith & Family Jason Jones President/ Executive Producer I am Whole Life/ Bella Jo Tolk Director Human Life Alliance Lila Rose President Live Action Mike Sullivan President Catholics United for the Faith Penny Nance Chief Executive Office Concerned Women for America
Fr. Frank Pavone National Director Priests for Life Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula Interim President Human Life International Jennifer Kimball Director Culture of Life Foundation John-Paul Deddens Executive Director Students for Life of Illinois Marjorie Dannenfelser Founder, President Susan B. Anthony List Rev. Patrick Mahoney Executive Director Christian Defense Coalition
Seattle University and Abortion ± Website Sources Referrals Counseling and Psychological Services points students to various resources for ³sexual health´ 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-abortion groups including the Feminist Majority Foundation, Legal Momentum, and the National Organization for Women. http://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/women/Default.aspx?id=1574 Student Internships Public 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 Case Notes also announces 2006 grants by the Public Interest Law Foundation, based at Seattle University, which funds legal internships for Seattle University law students. The announcement states that a 2006 grant recipient interned 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 Lawyer celebrates the work of the Public Interest 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 Honors The School of Law website includes a 2009 news report on two students who were awarded full-tuition Scholars for Justice Awards for their dedication to social justice, citing one of the recipients¶ former experience as a ³health care associate´ for Planned Parenthood in Vermont. http://www.law.seattleu.edu/x6474.xml Each year Seattle University selects nine freshmen to serve as ³peer leaders´ and receive four-year, full-tuition scholarships called the Sullivan Leadership Award. The University¶s profile for recipient Hannah Rolston cites her membership in Planned Parenthood¶s PEER (Peer Education Encourages Responsibility) group, which promotes contraception among
teenagers. http://www.seattleu.edu/sullivan/scholar.aspx?id=32066 Seattle University¶s Office for Wellness and Health Promotion sponsors the Peer Health Action Team (PHAT), which includes students who teach their peers about issues including ³sexual health.´ One of the PHAT students proclaims on the University website, ³I got to be on the Teen Council for Planned Parenthood in high school and loved it.´ http://www.seattleu.edu/HealthPromotion/Inner.aspx?id=18896 Faculty/Staff Profiles During the 2006-07 academic year, the Seattle University School of Law employed Helen P. Howell as Distinguished Practitioner in Residence. Howell was previously Vice President for Public Policy of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, according to a biography distributed by the School. http://www.law.seattleu.edu/documents/cle/archive/presidentialpowers/schedule.pdf The online profile for Debbi Lewang, Adjunct Professor of Financial Management for Arts Leaders, highlights her past work at Planned Parenthood of Western Washington. http://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/finearts/Default.aspx?id=52990 The website notes Edward Esparza¶s experience on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Central Washington. Esparza is a graduate of Seattle University¶s Master of Nonprofits Leadership program and serves on the program¶s Visiting Committee. http://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/mnpl/inner.aspx?id=28936&langtype=1033