by Brian Gibson
(Editor’s note – We did not know in advance about this scandalous event at the University of St. Thomas. However, we believe it is our obligation to inform you even now, after the fact.)
On April 11, 2018, Dr. Sarah Traxler, Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS), and Tonya Hampton, Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness at PPMNS, were presenters at the 30th annual conference of the Forum on Workplace Inclusion, a part of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the University of St. Thomas (UST) Business School in Minneapolis.
The 20-minute workshop, titled “Acknowledging and Addressing Our Institutional Histories,” was listed on the conference website as late as June 2018 (the website was partially scrubbed since then) and remains listed in the online program book, page 33.
The description for the workshop was, “Acknowledging our institution’s roots can reveal problematic histories situated within systems of oppression. We will share stories, tactics, and outcomes in addressing organizational histories boldly and with humility, while simultaneously tackling challenges still faced today—creating space and utilizing tools to allow for both radical and immediate action. Take the opportunity to consider and troubleshoot potential pitfalls and barriers.”
Apparently, the systematic killing of the most defenseless and vulnerable is not considered a form of oppression.
Sarah Traxler, as medical director for PPMNS, is in effect the chief abortionist at the most prolific abortion facility in Minnesota (6,234 babies killed in 2017) and at the only abortion facility in South Dakota (472 in 2016).
The last time we reported on an egregious abortion-related situation at UST was in the 1990s when an internship program at UST paid the salary of a student to work at PPMNS over a summer break, after which UST officials promised that all future program staff orientation would include training on Catholic teaching regarding abortion. Apparently, somewhere along the way, this has been dropped. Just as apparent with the partial scrubbing of the website is that UST officials know of PPMNS employees presenting at their conference, but, to our knowledge, no public statements denouncing this or corrective measures have been taken.