Pro-life students are urging Christian colleges not to ban or expel students who are pregnant out-of-wedlock or had an abortion after 27 Christian colleges and universities were granted a federal non-discrimination exemption that allows them to ban gays, transgenders, unwed mothers and women who have had abortions.
As was previously reported by The Christian Post, the U.S. Department of Education has granted at least 27 Christian colleges and universities religious exemptions from Title IX laws that prohibit discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation and gender identity over the last 18 months.
The exemptions, opponents say, gives the institutions’ the ability to ban those students who don’t uphold the school’s biblical values on sexual relations and abortion without risking the loss of federal funding.
With the Obama administration having changed the definition of Title IX protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, along with the Supreme Court’s decision in June to legalize same-sex marriage, many Christians schools have been advised by legal experts to take steps to protect their Christian beliefs from vulnerability to lawsuits and government consequence.
In September, the Christian Legal Society hosted a webinar along with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities where Shapri LoMaglio, CCCU’s vice president of governmental and external relations, advised the schools that the changing social landscape could leave the Christian schools’ biblically inspired hiring, student selection and housing processes vulnerable. She urged the Christian schools to apply for a Title IX religious exemption.
Documents obtained by liberal news site The Column through the federal Freedom of Information Act indicate that at least 36 Christian schools have applied for the religious exemption. While a handful of the institutions’ applications were just approved earlier this month, there are still nine Christian colleges whose applications are still pending.
Although the exemption waiver might grant these schools the ability to ban female students who are pregnant out-of-wedlock or students who have had abortions, the pro-life group, Students for Life of America, and nearly two-dozen pro-life college students from Christian schools across the country are urging these Christian schools to uphold what they see as values displayed by Jesus.
“Nearly three in four women who have abortions are self-professed Christians,” Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins, said in a statement. “Christian schools need to be supportive of these women, not shame them for a poor choice in the past and certainly not make them feel like abortion is their only option.”
The 21 pro-life students signed onto a joint letter that was sent to not only their own schools but to every Christian school in the nation urging the schools to stand in accordance with their biblical values and be a welcoming place to help pregnant students make the right decisions.
SOURCE: SAMUEL SMITH