Should TCU offer student internships with Planned Parenthood?

FORT WORTH -- TCU is under fire from some conservatives who believe the private university shouldn’t allow students to earn college credits for an internship with Planned Parenthood, according to our partners at the Star-Telegram.

At issue is an offer to history students for three college credits in exchange for serving as a volunteer historian for Planned Parenthood — which offers health services and abortions — detailing the organization’s ties to Fort Worth.

“It is a disgrace for a large Christian university to offer credit for an internship at the largest abortion provider in the nation,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, a large youth pro-life group.

“Instead of educating and equipping students on how to persuasively discuss the pro-life viewpoint and help women in crisis, they instead reward students for spending valuable time volunteering for an organization that ends the lives of over 325,000 innocent human beings a year,” she said. “And just think of the parents who thought their child would be receiving a valuable Christian-focused education at a private school.”

As outrage about the internship erupted this week on social media, Texas Christian University officials declined to elaborate on the program.

“Texas Christian University strives to provide diverse learning opportunities for students to effectively prepare them for the global community,” according to a statement from the private university. “The university offers many internships in any given semester, and does not support political or personal statements associated with any of them. Students are encouraged to seek those that match their interests.”

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