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Michigan Catholic college posts, removes Planned Parenthood job opening

December 01, 2009

The career and counseling services office of a Michigan Catholic college is publicizing a job opening at Planned Parenthood. Aquinas College’s career services office posted the position of registered nurse at Planned Parenthood on November 12; the phone number listed as a contact number is that of Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan.

Aquinas College’s career services office “aids students in identifying unique skills, abilities, interests, and values in order to establish productive career paths and goals.” Founded in 1922 by Dominican sisters, the Grand Rapids-based college has 2,159 students, 1,872 of whom are undergraduates.

In 2005, the college’s newsletter had urged readers to “check out the following job opportunity publications available in Career and Counseling Services … Planned Parenthood Centers of West Michigan, Vice President of Resource Development.”

Aquinas College in Grand Rapids is not associated with Aquinas College in Nashville or Thomas Aquinas College in California, both of which appear on the Cardinal Newman Society’s list of 21 faithful Catholic colleges.

Earlier this week a CWN story called attention to the posting of a job opening at Planned Parenthood, at the career-service office of Aquinas College in Michigan. We’re happy to report that when CWN readers contacted the school’s top administrators to protest, they quickly apologized, explained that the job was listed by a student intern with inadequate training, and removed the listing immediately. The moral of the story is that alert readers can make a difference! - Phil Lawler, 12/3


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