A Catholic high school student is facing the possibility of expulsion over a Planned Parenthood sticker on her laptop, according to an article from the Greenwich Time.
Kate Murray, a sophomore at Sacred Heart Greenwich in Connecticut, is in trouble over a sticker that states, “I Stand With Planned Parenthood.”
“Murray was told by the private Catholic school’s administrators Tuesday she has a choice: If she keeps the sticker, she can leave the school now or leave at the end of the academic year, her parents said. If she removes the sticker, she can continue to attend the school.”
In response, more than 2,500 people have signed a petition saying “I Stand with Kate Murray.”
I’ll grant that a private school is allowed to have its own rules, but this seems like a golden opportunity for Kate to point out that Planned Parenthood does far more than provide abortions. Women all over the country — particularly ones of low income — benefit from affordable cancer screenings, pap smears, and affordable contraceptives (though the Catholic Church doesn’t approve of that, either). Contrary to popular misconception, abortions constitute only about 3% of the services Planned Parenthood has to offer. But because abortion is offered at all, that likely won’t make a difference to the authorities who have the power to expel Kate.In fact, even her parents say that Kate’s sticker is focused on those other services provided by the organization:
“It seemed an extreme reaction to a very small sticker, which puts forth a political point of view about a government funding matter and does not, at least the way I read the sticker, violate church doctrine or specifically advocate the murder of innocent babies,” said Brian Murray. “It is a really small sticker that does not seem to be able to cause that much damage to anybody.”
By that logic, the school is punishing Kate for arguing that the government should care more about women’s health. [Insert your own Catholic Church joke here.]
For now, she’s taken the sticker off, but she hasn’t decided whether she wants to finish the school year at Sacred Heart or slap that sticker back on and go to a school that isn’t going to punish her for disagreeing with Catholic doctrine.
If she has to finish her education elsewhere, though, this experience will make one incredible college entrance essay.
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