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Planned Parenthood board members teach law, medicine at St. Louis University

Catholic World News - February 01, 2010

Two Planned Parenthood board members-- one current, one former-- teach at one of the nation’s oldest Jesuit universities.

Linda Raclin, a professor at St. Louis University School of Law, has served a board member of Planned Parenthood of St. Louis since 2007, according to the university’s web site. Ms. Raclin, a member Planned Parenthood’s Working Group on State Ballot Initiatives, is assistant professor of legal research and writing and moot court at the law school.

Dr. Christine Jacobs, associate professor at St. Louis University School of Medicine, served on the Planned Parenthood Chicago Area Board of Directors from 2003 to 2006, according to the university’s web site.

Other faculty members and programs at the Jesuit university have ties to Planned Parenthood. Dr. Terri Rebmann, associate director for curricular affairs at the university’s Institute for Biosecurity, worked from 1996 to 1997 as patient services supervisor for reproductive health services at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis and has served as infection control consultant for the Planned Parenthood Federation since 2005.

In addition, the capstone project of one St. Louis University’s women studies major was “Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood.”

In 2008, two university offices published “Beyond the Classroom: Men and Women for Others, A Celebration of SLU Service and Outreach.” “Saint Louis University’s stated mission is to form men and women in service for others,” the report notes. “Service for others is a fundamental component of the University’s Jesuit and Catholic identity.” Listed among the “organizations, events, and others served by faculty and staff respondents” is Planned Parenthood.

Founded by Jesuits in 1818, St. Louis University has 16,086 students, 11,187 of them undergraduates.

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